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What is FRUIT?

The University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) and its surrounding community is located in one of the largest ‘food deserts’ in Chicago, with many of the patients served by UIH living in neighborhoods with limited access to high-quality affordable and nutritious foods.

The Fresh Resource Urban Initiative Team (FRUIT) is a grassroots project with the objective of improving patient access to affordable, fresh produce and additional health resources through the management of a fruit cart outside of UIH.

The goal of the current FRUIT leadership is to promote healthy eating and lifestyle choices among the UIH patient population to contribute to primary prevention and patient education strategies beyond the clinic.