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Markets Provide Free Nutritious Food to Students, Families

On a Wednesday afternoon at Neval Thomas Elementary School, parents moved slowly through the school’s gym, chatting with other families while their children sprinted around the room laughing and dancing to pop music that blasted from a nearby speaker. One toddler bobbed happily up and down while munching on an Oreo. This is a Joyful Food Market, one of 29 pop-up markets in Wards 7 and 8 where children and their families receive free healthy produce and pantry staples, while learning about healthy eating practices.

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