Program at West Baltimore library planned to address food desert

The Baltimore Sun

As a means of addressing a food desert in West Baltimore, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is launching a program that will deliver groceries to patrons at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch of the Baltimore library.

The "Books and Bread" program is a partnership between the library and ShopRite. City residents can order groceries at the library, and ShopRite will deliver the groceries to the branch at no additional cost.

“This is definitely an exciting program that spotlights a great community effort,” Melanie Townsend Diggs, Pennsylvania Avenue Branch manager, said in a release. “We hope patrons will visit the branch walk out with more than a book. But they leave the library with the current best-seller and bags of vegetables, fruits and much more. We take pride in this area. We are hoping the unrest from last year doesn’t define it and we are working with neighborhood leaders and other amazing partners to make sure we continue to make this community flourish.”

The program will offer "Online Shopper Assistance" from noon to 2 p.m. On Mondays, and 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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