The truck brings in fresh fruits, vegetables and other groceries. As part of Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo’s mobile market initiative, organizations like City Harvest provide food for the seniors living in the community. Rather than going out to the supermarket and buying groceries with rising costs, they can get free produce without leaving the building.
Margie Ray has lived in Ebbets Field housing for 35 years. She volunteers to help distribute the food because she knows how important it is to her fellow seniors.
“We have a lot of people here that are seniors that cannot get out and this mobile market allows them to just come downstairs,” Ray said. “And that way, they can get fresh vegetables from here at least once a month.”
Ray feels a close connection to these seniors, many of whom were younger when she first moved in.
“I have a daughter and she’s now working in there with me. And the thing is I look at the fact that when I had my children, those same women, they helped me raise my children,” she said. “I’m helping raise other people’s children. So everybody knows one another and we all seem to get along.”
“It’s a choice you have to take to help the next person and the next person,” Ray added. “It is a family. And it takes a family in here to make everything work.”
By the end of the day, between 200 and 250 people receive the free fruits and vegetables. Although the mobile market is technically only open from 9 to 11 a.m., Ray stays longer.
“We work until we give it all out,” she said.