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PEORIA (WEEK) -- A Peoria nonprofit and other organizations are working as one to offer better access to locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Ryan Foster with the Budded Mattah Urban Agriculture Project says several big parts of the city are food deserts, meaning people have limited access to nutritious foods on a regular basis.

Foster is working with the South Side Mission to open local gardening stations.

The BMUAP will be providing seeds, tools and guidance for those looking to grow their own crops.

"We would come in and help get their space prepared and then we will be getting seeds going in these hoop houses... providing seed starters and seeds for them to start the garden, and resources to start the garden," said Foster.

He hopes the effort will help grow around 13,000 pounds of extra food in the area per year.

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