WASHINGTON -- With awareness growing about "food desert" communities locally, one area restaurant consortium is launching a new program aiming to bring quality produce to Washington neighborhoods that lack easy access to full-service grocery stores. By late October, Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which counts 9 local restaurants in its arsenal, plans to launch a Mobile Market, a decommissioned school bus retrofitted as a farmers market on wheels that can accept federal food assistance benefits, commonly known as food stamps.
Bradley, who eschewed the life of an executive chef for a one working the soil, will quite literally be the driving force behind the bus, and recently procured a commercial driver's license. He'll also meet with neighborhood leaders to assess areas of the District in need, including Deanwood in Ward 7, and Barry Farm and Congress Heights in Ward 8, where unemployment and poverty levels are high.
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