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Another creative solution! The city of Toronto has converted metro buses into mobile food markets for low income neighborhoods. They sell affordable fresh food neighborhoods where there are no grocery stores or the food is too expensive for residents. Now healthy food arrives in the neighborhoods twice a week
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Back in 2010, the city of Toronto (in Ontario, Canada) decided to launch a program that converts old unused metro buses into mobile grocery stores called Mobile Good Food Markets, and ever since, they’ve been traveling across the Toronto metropolitan area selling affordable fresh food. They have been especially successful (and helpful) in low income neighborhoods.

How they got started?

It started out as a collaboration between FoodShare Toronto, the city of Toronto, and United Way Toronto. They came up with the idea to take an old bus and convert it into what is now a mobile food market.

Everything from broccoli and lettuce to apples and onions are available when the bus comes to town, twice per week. Because the costs involved by the bus have to be taken care of, food prices aren’t much lower than what might be found in a supermarket. However, at least families have the opportunity to purchase higher-quality, nutrient-dense food when the bus visits.

Why it’s a great idea

Mobile Good Food Markets address the need for fresh, quality produce in food deserts, neighborhoods where a grocery store is nowhere in sight or too expensive for residents. In their current model of development, some neighborhoods don’t receive adequate transit service or people don’t own cars and the local grocery store is just too expensive or far away. Mobile markets offer a low cost place to buy quality produce while meeting neighbours close to home.

Even though this program is non-profit, it’s still a great idea of being entrepreneurial in a very creative way!

For more details about the program, visit www.foodshare.net/program/mobile/

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Wang Enlin a farmer in China studied law on his own and won the first round of a court case against a chemical company that he says was polluting his farm. Inspiring story! http://buff.ly/2kD8DzG

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A wonderful trend… let’s keep working for veterans and everyone who experiences living without a home! Thanks to a number of progressive governmental programs, veteran’s homelessness has made remarkable progress. We need to keep these programs in place!

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today announced the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010. The data revealed a 17 percent decrease in veteran homelessness between January 2015 and January 2016—quadruple the previous year’s annual decline—and a 47 percent decrea...

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With the recent passing of Fidel Castro, I thought this would be a good time to say a few words about my visit to Cuba in February 2016 on the cusp of renewed relations with the United States.

I traveled then with a San Francisco Bay Area mission group visiting the small but vibrant Jewish communities in Havana, Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba. We learned extensively about the history of the island and of the Jewish communities that have been there since the 1800’s (and even longer if you count the conversos that came much earlier). We brought bags full of requested items to them that were hard to obtain because of the US embargo such as toiletries, medicine and Judaica and were warmly received by the local congregations. In Cuba, ...

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Such a simple solution to help students feel good enough about themselves to go to school – Whirlpool Corporation gave washers and dryers to 17 schools in Illinois and California and attendance rates shot up!

During the 2015-2016 school year teachers told students to bring in dirty laundry in a bag as often as they needed. By the end of the school year, 2000 loads of laundry had been done and 90% of kids came to school. Yay!

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To read more about this go to: Clean clothes

A Colombian architect is building homes for the homeless using recycled plastic, and helping so many people and families!

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To read all about it, go here: http://tinyurl.com/zu5tl75

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Born and raised in the Eastern Indian state of Odisha, Vikash Das grew up to earn his Master’s in Software Engineering and land a lucrative job at IBM. But he never forgot his upbringing in Odisha, particularly his memories of the Adivasi, an indigenous tribe he grew up alongside of. “My extended family used to warn me not to befriend local tribal children and not to touch and play with them, because they were born as Adivasis,” he recalls.

This never sat well with him, and after four years as a successful IT consultant, he found himself dissatisfied. In 2013, he quit his job, and dedicated himself to understanding the life of a tribal. “That’s when I decided to live like them for two months in their village,...

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As the Founder of the Billions Rising Foundation, I want to take a moment here to honor my dear friend Jack Wilson who passed away back in 2011. Jack and I met back in the 1980s when we were both producing social-change documentaries to increase public awareness of issues and inequalities. We lost touch, but years later I discovered that his compassion for humanity had continued and that he had founded PPMK Jogia. an successful, grassroots non-profit for empowering women in the poorest regions of Indonesia.

Here’s how the PPMK website describes their origins:

“The idea for PPMK (Empowering Women to Fight Poverty) began informally in 2002 when PPMK’s founder, Jack Wilson, attended an inspiring workshop conducted by Aman...

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s the sole provider for her family, Daate Inyakh once struggled to feed her six daughters. After receiving a Jump Grant from The BOMA Project in September 2014, her children have never slept hungry again. Daate now runs a small duka in Logologo, Kenya with her business partners and attends adult education classes in her free time to learn how to read and write.

Her dream is for all six of her daughters to complete school and get good jobs. “One thing I like about BOMA” notes Daate, “is that it has empowered us with knowledge. This has been an eye-opening experience for me – I never knew I was capable of running a business and now I am excelling.”

Billions Rising Foundation has long been a supporter of The BOMA Project. Take a look at how their projects have lifted many women and communities out of poverty!

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Homelessness is an enduring problem here in America, and it’s not unusual for people to feel powerless to change it. In her brand-new Huffington Post, Anita Casalina shares some of the creative things that people are doing to address homelessness in their communities.

The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is one such group. Their Rethink Homelessness initiative recently produced an amazingly popular video that shows the myriad faces of the homeless in an effort to make people question their assumptions about homelessness.

Cardboard Stories | Homeless in Orlando

RethinkHomelessness asked our #homeless friends to write down a fact about themselves that other people wouldn't know just by walking past them. Their answers may surprise you. https://twitter.com/RethinkHomeless https://www.facebook.com/RethinkHomelessness https://plus.google.com/u/1/b/107630303439051253332/107630303439051253332/posts http://instagram.com/rethinkhomeless To contact Rethink Homelessness, including media & interview inquiries, please email us at: communications@impacthomelessness.org Cover by: Tanner Patrick Video Produced & Edited by: Dave Sirano Ally Hinton Joshua Johnson This content is subject to Copyright Laws.

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