Food deserts are common in predominantly lower income neighborhoods, such as those in Bridgeport and Danbury, Connecticut. University of Connecticut conducted a 4-H urban teen gardening project to help provide fresh food to the community and develop life skills among at-risk youth. Youth volunteers grew and distributed 7,000 pounds of organic vegetables, a 43 percent increase over the previous year.
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