Many New Yorkers buy fruit on the street. Including us. The fruit is usually tasty and fresh and we take pleasure in the quick cash-only transaction and in being able to literally run down the block and buy a banana for our smoothie, which it cannot do without.
Mintu and Ali are our local fruit cart suppliers and Mintu knows us especially well – at least in terms of how often we come, that there is a new baby in our family, and the fruits and vegetables we gravitate towards. Inspired by him, we started Aprons for Life as a way to spread our message about hunger – namely, that hunger is everyone’s business. The apron is a nice, bright blue, completely practical for Mintu to keep his bills and change, and made of sturdy cloth that can handle nature’s dirt.
Our goal: to have every street vendor wearing Palms for Life aprons and spreading the word about hunger at a moment when people are perhaps most open to it – when they are satisfying their own need for food.