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Healthy Marketplace

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Include line of text: IMAN has done organizing work throughout several communities on Chicago’s south side for over two decades, including in neighborhoods like Chicago Lawn, Auburn Gresham, South Shore, and Englewood. The Healthy Marketplace at 63rd and Racine will be IMAN’s first fully-conceived social enterprise in Englewood and will help to catalyze a new level of growth and transformation on a critical economic corridor.

 

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Additional Text: Once completed, the Marketplace will employ an open-concept floor plan to integrate a corner store carrying locally-sourced products, a sit-down cafe offering plant-based soul food, and vibrant local performance and visual arts displays.

 

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Fresh Beats & Eats Farmer’s Market: In an effort to increase accessibility to fresh produce and healthful food options, IMAN hosts a locally sourced market throughout the Summer and Fall months featuring local local vendors, inspiring artistic expressions, food demonstrations, sampling and giveaways.

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Backyard Garden: As part of the Green ReEntry-led renovation, IMAN’s Backyard Garden began growing and harvesting fresh produce in Spring 2018. This garden will not only be used for fruits and vegetables, but as an outdoor education space and model for sustainability in inner-city communities.

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Beloved Community Kitchen: Culinary arts can be healing, as well as lead to long-term employment. IMAN plans to refurbish an existing commercial kitchen space in its center for the purpose of entrepreneurial development and training. The community kitchen will be a space that will incubate small businesses offering food products by providing commercial kitchen space and support the workforce development training in the culinary arts. The project seeks to prepare area residents, including youth and their families, for future food service and culinary employment. IMAN, in collaboration with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, will provide hands on training and experience in nutrition and best practice food preparation.

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