Bridgeport Coalition United to Reach Equity

NEWS UPDATE: Bridgeport is a Spotlight Award Winner

Recognition: The East End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone’s Pop-up Market is making a concerted effort to bring together the entire community. The Pop-up Market provides tools for individuals and small businesses to create jobs and job training programs that improve access to healthy, affordable food in the East End community.

a group of people constructing a garden

“It brings economic development into the community. [The Pop-up Market] is bringing children together as they are learning how to build and work together. But it’s also bringing community partners together who live here, and I think for this to sustain itself, it has to have people involved in the community.” – Marilyn Moore, State Senator of Connecticut

Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut, population 147,629

The Problem: Adults and adolescents are consuming less than five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and many adults are food insecure.

group of people smilingHealthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: Bridgeport Coalition United to Reach Equity, or CURE, is a project designed to help the poor residents of Bridgeport. Neighborhood Revitalization Zone members, the food policy council and community members and leaders, have identified the need for a grocery store and living wage jobs in their community. This project will address many issues such as violence prevention, access to healthy foods and job training and will bring together intergenerational groups in the East End Market.

Among some recent happenings, a new community garden helped support the East End Pop-Up Market and Cafe, which won a community impact award, and a local celebrity chef helped show youth how to turn produce into healthy, delicious meals.

collage of community garden being built

chef making salad with kids  mayor surrounded by smiling youth  

Deborah Thomas Sims smiling with community impact award

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