By Cecilia Smith
The Delaware Community Market will be on the ballot for next year’s off-campus food point program.
Junior Alex D’Amore-Braver, a House of Thought resident, has been campaigning to get the Community Market on the off-campus food point list as his house project for this semester.
The Community Market, located on East William Street, sells local food and gives some proceeds to charities.
D’Amore-Braver has been tabling in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center to raise awareness for his goal.
“It’s just been strategizing and laying down the groundwork,” he said. “My goal is to make sure the Community Market makes it out of the nomination stage and actually on the food-point program.”
According to D’Amore-Braver, the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs (WCSA) recently voted to put the market on the ballot for next year. He said the project came from his interest in food issues.
“I’ve read that people are getting away from the source of their food,” he said. “…I would like it in general if people were eating more fresh food and supporting the local economy.”
Because the Community Market is about a mile from the school, D’Amore-Braver said part of his project will include arranging transportation to and from the market, which he hopes will increase patronage from the community. He said he thinks many potential patrons “are the people who aren’t aware of it and who haven’t been there.”
Freshman Mili Green said she didn’t know about the Community Market, but said she would vote to add it to the off-campus program.
“There are times when you need a real meal, you know?” she said. “It would be nice to make it on my own without spending real money.”
D’Amore-Braver said voting for the program will take place in the middle of April.