Join project REACH 2020 (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) to increase the number of community-based weekly mobile markets from 0 to 15 each week at churches and community centers located in areas around Nashville’s urban core that have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. These areas are referred to as “food deserts” and are focused on the residents living in the 37202, 37208 and sections of the 37209 zip codes. These areas also have large numbers of people who are affected by preventable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
The purpose of this project is to improve access to healthy food options for African American individuals and families who live in the affected areas in Nashville. Our strategy to bring about change is working with community churches, community centers and residents located in “food deserts” to improve access to healthier foods. This includes mobile markets and site locations in all of these areas. Residents with any form of food stamp assistance programs are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
REACH 2020 will bring resources into communities that will improve access to healthier food and address social, economic and educational factors. Our goal is to increase the number of community-based weekly mobile markets from 0 to 15 each week at churches and community centers located in clearly defined areas known as “food deserts.”
This project has been made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information on how to become involved, please call the preventive research unit at Meharry Medical College at 615.327.6927.
REACH 2020 participating partners are listed below:
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Center
1035 14th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Preston Taylor Homes
Gordon Memorial UMC
633 Thompson Lane Nashville, TN 37204
Wesley Foundation /Friendship MBC
Kelley Miller Smith Towers
Hadley Park Towers
Jefferson St. MBC
New Life Thru Christ
Metro Center Teachers’ Apartments
New Covenant Christian Church
Clark Memorial Methodist Church