In 2010, The Salisbury Housing Authority in partnership with the City of Salisbury applied for and received a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant. The grant was a part of the White House Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) to transform impacted neighborhoods into ‘neighborhoods of choice.’ Our CNI transformation plan concentrates on the West End which includes our public housing community called Civic Park.
Choice Neighborhood grants requires transformation plans which address housing, people, and neighborhoods while trying to solve obstacles related to education, transportation, recreation, employment, and health. Numerous community meetings with residents’ input, public forums, study groups, and professional consultants developed a needs assessment and strategies for the West End Transformation to begin addressing the needs of the community and its residents. One need related to health and transportation emerged as a critical component to our plan; the need for residents to have access to fresh foods. Mobile Farm Fresh seems to be the answer we were looking for!
Mobile Farm Fresh’s ability to bring locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables into our public housing communities, at affordable prices, overcomes two obstacles at once. With Mobile Farm Fresh, our residents can access fresh, nutritious foods without having to take public transportation to stores. This will be a wonderful advantage for our families and especially the children of our neighborhood!