Producemobile provides for people in need

Reporter: Joey Maya Safchik, ’21

Before the massive green truck even pulls up, hundreds of people are in line, awaiting the Evanston Producemobile.

Sponsored by Interfaith Action and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Producemobile comes stocked with fresh fruits and veggies. On the second Tuesday of every month, people stock up at the Robert Crown Community Center.

According to site organizer Mary Beth Roth, the fresh – and totally free – produce feeds about 1000 people each time the truck makes a stop.

The truck is intended to nourish all low-income Cook County residents. No ID is required.

If interested in volunteering, contact Interfaith Action of Evanston.

Northwestern initiative tackling plastic plague

Reporter: Joey Maya Safchik, ’21

Next month, Medill first-year Marleigh Thorn wants to live her days plastic-free.

“All this stuff that’s just kind of a part of our everyday life, is just not good for the environment,” Thorn said.

And she’s not the only Northwestern community member concerned about plastic’s place on our campus.

At the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), scientists are working to end the world’s plastic crisis. Its new Program on Plastics, Ecosystems, and Public Health treats Northwestern as a living laboratory.

“We really want this program to be able to develop and deploy sustainable solutions that industry can pick up,” said ISEN’s Communications Manager Mike McMahon.