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In 2016 Wilmington Green Box was born, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit project that provides at-risk teens with entrepreneurial jobs while supplying urban city communities with access to fresh produce and healthy goods.
There are many areas in Wilmington where two things are so scarce they're practically non-existent: Entrepreneurial job opportunities for at-risk teens and healthy food options. More than 65 percent of Wilmington residents live more than a half-mile away from the nearest grocery store. These areas are called "food deserts".
Moreover, crime in the city continues to far outpace the national average, with data on the city's website showing a 22 percent increase in shootings and homicides in 2017. In our experience, at-risk teens have found it difficult to escape the negative influences of their neighborhood.
In an effort to address these community issues Wilmington Green Box was born.
Launched in May of 2016, phase one consisted of a mobile push cart run by our employed teens. This creative seasonal mobile-push cart gave at risk neighborhoods access to healthy juices and fresh produce.
Results of Phase I (6/16-10/16):
One at-risk teen from the local community was trained and employed
One teen volunteer and one adult volunteer were brought on board
We purchased over 1,300 healthy food products from local vendors to sell
Locally sourced goods included fresh pressed juices, fruit salads, fruit infused ice pops and all-natural lemonade
Phase two launched in July of 2017 and is a seasonal public green space on North Market Street. It's a combination of a unique outdoor kiosk structure that also offers people a relaxing outdoor space to enjoy healthy cold pressed juices and our fresh produce.
Results of Phase 2 (7/17-11/17):
Three at-risk teens from the local community were trained and employed
One adult volunteer was brought on board
Locally sourced goods include cold pressed juices, a variety of produce items, fruit salads, fruit infused ice pops and all-natural lemonade
Since our launch, we’ve served more than 3,000 people - over 65% are African-Americans who live in the local Wilmington community.
Wilmington Green Box launches its very own bottled cold press juice line in 2018!
Phase three launched in June of 2018 is an outdoor kiosk green space, a new tri-bike with a cooler attached and the launch of our very own bottled cold pressed juice line.
Results of Phase 3 (6/18-11/18):
Six at-risk teens from the local community were trained and employed
One full time adult employee was brought on board
Locally sourced goods include our very own bottled cold pressed juices, a variety of produce items, fruit salads, fruit infused ice pops and all-natural lemonade
In partnership with Big Fish Restaurant Group, we introduced our own line of bottled cold-pressed juices.
We trained and employed six at-risk teens, purchased a new mobile tri-bike to more effectively bring our healthy goods into surrounding neighborhoods, purchased new juicing equipment, and expanded our inventory.