New community gardens in Durham aimed to improve accesbility to healthy food options ::

— A community effort in Durham is planting seeds of opportunity by working to improve the availability of fresh food and physical skills for seniors.

“It’s wonderful. I love coming out here,” Deborah Richardson said Monday as she picked plants in the new community garden at Preiss Steele Place, a Durham Housing Authority apartment complex for senior citizens and disabled residents.

Richardson, who has lived at Preiss Steele Place for almost 10 years, said access to healthy food is limited in the neighborhood.

A conversation with a community organizer dropping off food

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Durham nonprofit pivots to provide free healthy food during pandemic

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Thankfully, the nonprofit and volunteer organizations in the Triangle have so far met the need to feed families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That includes the Produce Prescription Program run by Reinvestment Partners in Durham, which was providing nutritious food before the pandemic and hopes to find funding to continue long afterward.

Vegetables are a part of most healthy diets, especially diets prescribed by doctors.

And that’s why prior to the pandemic the Durham nonprofit program used referrals from doctors at free clinics to provide vouchers for fruits and vegetables.

“Historically we’ve run it through clinics where

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