For the decade that Milo Meed has lived in Harlem, he has been frustrated with the lack of healthy food. Watching his 11-year-old son, Danny, grow up, he grew even more concerned, as he noticed far more obese children north of 96th Street.
For a few years, he tried to convince other businesses to fix this problem. As a consultant to local small Harlem businesses, he suggested that they open a restaurant specializing in salads. Then he reached out to more than a dozen healthy food chains to see if they would expand onto 125th Street. But no one was interested.
So last week, Mr. Meed took Harlem’s need for more healthy eating options into his own hands: He opened Island Salad, a Caribbean-themed salad bar and juice cafe, cheered on by his mother, his pastor and workers from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, which provided him with $181,406 to help start the business. Read the rest: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/14/a-big-salad-person-reaches-out-to-harlem