Wilmington Green Box
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.