CHICAGO (CBS) — A new city ordinance aims to increase the flow of fresh produce into so-called food deserts in Chicago.
As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, the City Council passed the ordinance at its meeting Wednesday. Under the ordinance, the city will sell new produce vending licenses that require anyone with multiple vegetable carts to assign at least half those carts to Chicago neighborhoods designated food deserts.READ MORE: Chicago Mass Vaccination Sites To Begin Offering Pfizer Vaccine For Children Age 12 To 15 On Thursday
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says carts selling uncut vegetables and fruit are part of a plan to whittle down the size of Chicago food deserts.READ MORE: SWAT Team Responds To Building In South Loop For Call Of Men With Guns Inside
“Make sure that every resident has an opportunity within the city of Chicago to be within a mile of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats,” the mayor said.
The ordinance allows the cart operators to stay in one place throughout the course of the day rather than moving from place to place under a peddler’s license. The Chicago Sun-Times reports a pilot program will also allow 30 carts near ‘L’ stops and other locations with high food traffic in food deserts.MORE NEWS: AAA Estimates 1.7 Million Illinoisans Will Hit The Road For Memorial Day Weekend -- How Do They Come Up With Their Predictions?
The city anticipates authorizing 50 carts in the first two years of the program, which will create up to 100 jobs and shrink the city’s food desert by 2.5 square miles, the newspaper reported.