Peoria City Council Votes to fund $80,000 for Bosch Supermarket Park Project

By Samanha Chatman

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 6:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- People on Peoria's South Side feel a sense of relief after hearing news about city funding that will impact their community.

On Tuesday, the Peoria City Council voted to pay $80,000 to fund the Bosch Supermarket Park Project, an initiative that provides fresh food and produce in food deserts across the city.

Many people in the community are happy about the funding, but still question what the money will be used for.

"Put it out here so we can see where the money is going," South Side resident Quintella Lavendar said.

The funding will go toward expanding the garden on Marquette and Western and adding more gardens around the area.

It will also pay for a food truck and driver that will help store and deliver food on the South Side and Peoria's public housing.

But most of all, members of Gifts in the Moment say the project will help bring health and harmony into the community.

"These community gardens have demonstrated an ability to bring communities together. Race, ethnicity and socioeconomic barriers are dropped," said Denise Urycki, Co-Director of Gifts in the Moment.

It's a plan that is finally coming to life for a community in need; a project that's restoring health and hope.

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