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Bright Spot: A growing partnership

(Photo: Mark Schuman)

Thursday’s Bright Spot shines on a growing partnership, helping feed refugee families in the community.

An urban farm on Lexington Avenue is the work of more than 60 refugee families, along with volunteers and workers from Foodlink. They farm their own food, similar to what many of them did in their home countries.

Soon, Foodlink will add a play space for the children, thanks to a $4,000 community health award from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. The play space will feature many natural elements and won’t look like a conventional playground.

“It’s not just hot plastic that’s only usable for a couple of months out of the year,” said Foodlink Chief Program Officer Mitch Gruber. “This is something that will really integrate into the space here and encourage people to spend time with families.”

The Excellus Award is part of an overall investment with Foodlink that includes support for a new curbside truck which brings fresh produce out into the community.

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