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Starting this week, a half dozen local churches are doing more than spreading the word of God. They’re trying to change the way their members eat.

They’re using fruits and vegetables, and they have the support of local farmers and businesses to do it.

According to The Seattle Times, every Wednesday morning until Aug. 31, Mount Zion Baptist Church will host the Seattle Wholesale Market, with farmers, butchers and bakers from as far as Arlington and as near as South Lake Union packing the church’s grass- and gravel-covered parking lot with everything from basil to cold-cuts.

For the church consortium that organized the event — known collectively by the moniker “Moving Together in Faith & Health” and including First African Methodist Episcopal Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church — the market has a twofold goal: provide nutritious foods to their congregations while also connecting restaurants, stores, hospitals and schools with local farmers who offer fresh, affordable produce in bulk.

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