Local non-profit bringing fresh food, fitness to neighborhoods with limited access

Sign for "The Fit & Food Connection" (Credit: KMOV)

A local non-profit was created to bring fresh food and fitness to neighborhoods with limited access.

The Fit and Food Connection strives to give healthy living resources to residents living in North City and North County.

“These fresh fruits and vegetables are not in our neighborhoods, unless you go to Schnucks or something, but our corner stores don’t have these fresh things,” said Gary Brown.

Brown has been getting help from the nonprofit for about three years. He lives in what directors called a “food desert.”

“If you don’t eat right it just withers you away from here,” said Richard Thompson. “As you live and get older, you come to realize junk food is not good for you. See all this variety, it’s the best thing in the world to you. Fruits and vegetables. I try to eat fruits and vegetables every day.”

Fit and Food founders say there’s a lot of mental health issues, crime and violence in the target areas they serve, so by introducing a healthy eating lifestyle, they home to move individuals to a new level in their health.

They feed 15-20 families a week and teach them the importance of nutrition. Since 2013 the group has helped families coaching, teaching cooking classes, and weekly food delivers.

They also offer a variety of fitness classes.

Fit and Food has volunteers from all over the world, but they’re looking for more local volunteers.

If you’d like to help click here.

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