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Increasing access to healthy eating in food deserts

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For many families living in local food deserts, access to fresh, affordable and nutritious foods is challenging. And for those residents with transportation constraints and fixed-incomes, relying on convenience stores and pharmacy's for the bulk of their grocery shopping quickly adds up. Through a partnership with Chicago-based nonprofit group Top Box Foods, United Way brings boxes of quality farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and delicious fresh-frozen meats at discounted prices directly into neighborhoods with the greatest needs.

Stories like these illustrate the incredible impact United Way's neighborhood work makes on the Rock River Valley. United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative focuses resources directly into two of the region's most challenged neighborhoods to improve the quality of life for children and families --- because strong neighborhoods make a strong community.

Donate now to support programs and services like Top Box Foods.


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