Green carts (mobile produce vendors) in the Bronx - Optimally positioned to meet neighborhood fruit-and-vegetable needs?

Sean C. Lucan, Andrew Maroko, Renee Shanker, William B. Jordan

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Abstract

Poor access to fresh produce likely contributes to disparities in obesity and diet-related diseases in the Bronx. New York City's Green Cart program is a partial response to the problem. We evaluated this program (permitting street vendors to sell fresh produce) by canvassing the Bronx for carts, interviewing vendors, and analyzing their locations and food offerings. Green Carts were clustered in areas of probable high pedestrian traffic, covering only about 57% of needy areas by liberal estimates. Some carts sold outside allowed boundaries; a few sold sugary snacks. Vendor locations and their food offerings suggest possible areas for program improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)977-981
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume88
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2011

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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