Free Produce Distributed in Morgan Park in Support of Community Garden

It's all to help combat the issue of lack of access to food in that neighborhood of Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Locally grown fresh produce was distributed to residents of Morgan Park in Duluth on the final night of a six-week program.


NAACP partnered with UMD and the Morgan Park Community Gardens to give out free, fresh produce and get people in the neighborhood excited about home-grown veggies.

“It’s free food, can’t really say no to free food,” says Mealat Worku, a senior at UMD studying environmental sustainability.

Veggies like pumpkins, kale, garlic, and tomatoes were given out at the sixth and final produce distribution to raise awareness about the future of Morgan Park’s community garden.

The closest grocery store to Morgan Park is ten miles away so residents are trying to organize a community garden so people can grow the food themselves.

“This is letting people know about the fresh veggies we can grow around here cause these were all grown locally everything that’s here and we just kind of want to get people knowing what can happen with their vegetables and how fresh they taste,” says Ruby Berg, a volunteer for the Morgan Park Community Gardens.

The produce was grown at UMD’s Food Lab along with Essentia’s community garden.

There was even a demonstration of different ways to cook and utilize kale.

If Morgan Park residents cannot get to the grocery store their only option is to go to the gas station where residents say prices are more expensive for smaller amounts of food.

“When you get the community excited in fresh homegrown authentic real foods not only does that change their culture that changes their health and it definitely ahs really good impacts on their health and wellbeing,” says Worku.

Once Morgan Park’s community garden is up and running organizers want to put time into teaching people how to grow and maintain a garden if they’d like to learn.

The six-week giveaway program was made possible in part by a grant secured by the NAACP to help improve community green spaces.

“Food is one of the things that determine whether or not you are healthy so if you don’t have food you can’t be healthy so we’re trying to improve the health in morgan park by creating better access to food,” says Katie Williams, a volunteer on the NAACP’s Health and Environmental Equity committee.

Any food from the Monday night program that has not been taken is donated to the Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House in Morgan Park.

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