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Fresh start: Co-ops offering Liberty City residents healthy, affordable produce

Dorene Walters, who lives in Liberty City’s Annie Coleman housing complex, paid only $2 for a box brimming with fresh pineapple, nectarines, onions, broccoli, and 10 other fresh fruits and vegetables.

In an area where fresh produce is hard to get, the delivery was sweet for her family.

For more than a year, Walters, her two kids and grandson, have been using the Fresh Food Co-Op, a philanthropic program that provides more than 100 families and 325 children with $60-$70 of healthy produce twice a month in two locations. The co-op was ignited last March by Key Biscayne resident Pat Molinari, joined by volunteers from the Miami Children’s Initiative and also the Key Biscayne Community Foundation. MCI is a nonprofit organization focused on a “cradle to career” strategy to work with Liberty City’s youth from the day they are born until they are 24 years old…

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