I'll admit that I sometimes take for-granted the wonderful produce Eric and I have access to. Our weekly vegetable pick up is full of locally grown, organic ingredients. For those items that might be missing, we're within walking distance to a farmer's market or grocery store. It's a luxury, I know, and it's one that many residents in areas around Boston and other cities don't share.
Around the country, nearly 24 million Americans live in what are referred to as "food deserts."In fact, there are 71,000 people in Boston who live without ready access to fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s nearly enough people to fill up half the Boston Common! Which is why I'm thrilled to be partnering with Naked Juice and Wholesome Wave on their Drink Good. Do Good. campaign to educate folks about food deserts in urban environments. Even in Boston, which is surrounded by countless farms, there are areas of the city where people do not have many options. Not all neighborhoods have stores or farmer's markets, so for individuals without access to a car, it's a challenge to acquire fresh ingredients. And, of course, there's the issue of affordability. In parts of the city, like Dudley Square, 50% of the residents make $25,000 a year or less.
As a part of their Drink Good. Do Good. program, they'll be donating up to 500,000 pounds of produce these communities. And you, dear readers, can help too! Simply take a photo of yourself holding a piece of fresh produce, post it on Instagram and use the hashtag #drinkgooddogood. Lastly, tag a friend to do the same. For every person who posts, Naked Juice will donate 10lbs of fresh produce.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Naked Juice and Wholesome Wave. Working with these brands to get the message out about such an important issue is something I feel strongly about. As always, any opinions expressed in this post are my own.