Keeping it fresh
Mantenerlos frescos

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Keeping it fresh

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen

The new refrigerator holds twice the fresh produce.

The new refrigerator holds twice the fresh produce.

Lidia Gómez could not stop smiling.

The co-owner of Los Hermanos Grocery on Jackson Avenue, Gómez had just received a new refrigerator from City Harvest.

For 20 years, Lidia and her husband Ramón have run the corner grocery, but said they struggled to offer enough fresh fruit and vegetables to customers.

“Our old refrigerator was too small,” Gómez said. “We couldn’t carry many things. We sell watermelon a lot, but we had no room for it.”

The new refrigerator was purchased by City Harvest as part of the agency’s Healthy Neighborhoods program, which aims to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables for residents in low-income neighborhoods, and provide them with nutrition education.

Gómez said the new refrigerator is about twice the size of its previous one. Now, Los Hermanos can offer more varieties of produce, including avocados, spinach and eggplant.

“I can put out little baskets to display fruit,” said Gómez, as she surveyed the rows of colorful produce in her store’s new refrigerator. “Everything is beautiful now, nice.”

Community members received coupons to purchase discounted produce.

Community members received coupons to purchase discounted produce.

On September 27, Los Hermanos unveiled its new fridge for the first time, which representatives from City Harvest celebrated with a ribbon-cutting.

“Many of the neighborhoods in which City Harvest works do not have options for affordable and healthy food,” said Rosanna Robbins, Director of Healthy Retail for City Harvest. “Through our Healthy Neighborhoods initiative, we work to ensure that all New Yorkers have equal access to nutritious food, and we support local businesses with tools to provide more healthy, affordable produce to their customers. We applaud Los Hermanos’ commitment to improving the health of their community.”

Volunteers from the nearby BronxWorks E. Roberts Moore Neighborhood Senior Center conducted a healthy cooking demonstration that day using ingredients available at the store, and community members received coupons to purchase discounted produce.

“It’s good for people around here to be able to get more fruits and vegetables,” said Gómez. “I’m so happy.”

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Mantenerlos frescos

Historia y fotos por Gregg McQueen

The store is located on Jackson Avenue.

La tienda está ubicado en la avenida Jackson.

Lidia Gómez no podía dejar de sonreír.

Copropietaria de Los Hermanos Grocery sobre la Avenida Jackson, Gómez acababa de recibir un nuevo refrigerador de parte de City Harvest.

Durante 20 años, Lidia y su marido Ramón han administrado la tienda de la esquina, pero luchaban mucho por ofrecer suficiente cantidad de frutas y hortalizas frescas a los clientes.

“Nuestro viejo refrigerador era demasiado pequeño”, dijo Gómez. “No podíamos llevar muchas cosas. Vendíamos mucha sandía, pero no teníamos espacio suficiente para ella”.

El nuevo refrigerador fue comprado por City Harvest como parte del programa Barrios Saludables de la agencia, que tiene como objetivo mejorar el acceso a frutas y verduras frescas de los residentes de barrios de bajos ingresos, y proporcionarles educación nutricional.

Gómez dijo que el nuevo refrigerador es casi dos veces del tamaño del anterior. Ahora, Los Hermanos puede ofrecer más variedades de productos, incluyendo aguacates, espinacas y berenjena.

Co-owner Ramón Gómez.

El codueño Ramón Gómez.

“Puedo poner pequeños cestos para mostrar la fruta”, dijo Gómez, mientras examinaba las filas de los coloridos productos del nuevo refrigerador de su tienda. “Todo es hermoso ahora, agradable”.

El 27 de septiembre, Los Hermanos presentó su nuevo refrigerador por primera vez, y los representantes de City Harvest celebraron con un corte de cinta.

Voluntarios del cercano Centro BronxWorks E. Roberts Moore para Adultos Mayores del Barrio, llevaron a cabo una demostración de cocina saludable ese día usando ingredientes disponibles en la tienda, y miembros de la comunidad recibieron cupones para comprar productos con descuento.

“Es bueno para la gente de los alrededores poder conseguir más frutas y verduras”, dijo Gómez. “Estoy tan feliz”.

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