The Craft District has many restaurants where you can dine. However, those without a car have to walk for an hour or take a bus to the nearest grocery store to buy food. Several local nonprofit organizations are providing an avenue for affordable, healthy food in Lincoln Park.
Jodi Slick is the founder and CEO of Equilibrium3, one of several local nonprofits providing affordable healthy food. She said there are several steps to improve population health.
“Equilibrium3 is actually working on a combination of three different efforts to address food access issues in Lincoln Park,” Slick said. “One, we have an urban farm at Lake Superior University. Two, we’re going to use the community center here to set up a commercial kitchen and provide food education. And three. The thing the neighborhood is most looking forward to is opening a small grocery store, hopefully in 2024.”
Some of the steps combine feeding, preparation, education and a sense of social connection. Haley Diem, education and outreach coordinator for Duluth Community Gardens, said there are many community gardens where people can take advantage of free produce.
“The Emerald Community Garden has actually been managed collaboratively for the last two years. It’s kind of a collaborative effort, but of course there are seasonal issues as well. As you can see, nothing is currently growing in the garden. ” said Diem. “So the whole point of gardening is knowing how to maintain abundance here in Duluth. So we do quite a bit of education on how to preserve food.”
Diem also said local farmers markets help bring healthy food to the neighborhood.
“Seeds of Success is a program of Community Action Duluth. They do some really great work in Lincoln Park when it comes to access to food. They run a weekly farmers market during the summer at the Harrison Community Center in Lincoln Park. We also have a mobile market where we buy groceries in bulk. Then they visit different areas of the city that are struggling to access food.”
Learn more about Ecolibrium3’s grocery store plans here. Read more Lincoln Park stories here.