L-R Mike Hyzy, Crisp! Business Director and Santrice Martin, Health Equity Director, American Heart Association listen as Ald. Deborah Graham (29th Ward) speaks on Nov. 21 about the food deserts within the Austin community. Located on the city's west side, the Austin community is one of 29 communities that have been designated as food deserts by the American Heart Association.
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The American Heart Association (AHA) and Crisp! Mobile Grocery (CMG), an affordable mobile grocer initiative sponsored by Catholic Charities partnered on an effort to tackle the food desert crisis on Chicago’s west side with a kick-off event at Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central Ave., on Nov. 21 where community members received an informative presentation about the impact of unhealthy eating habits and how to utilize Crisp! Event goers were also treated with a free nutrition and food demonstration by Chef Judson Todd Allen, personal chef to Steve Harvey.