GASP’s unwavering commitment to fostering community well-being within the 35th Avenue Superfund Site neighborhoods of North Birmingham, goes hand in hand with its dedication to mutual aid. In response to the challenges posed by the 2020 pandemic, GASP initiated hosting Pop-Up markets to ensure that individuals in low- and middle-income communities had access to essential food and necessities during trying times.
These Pop-Up markets are not just about charitable acts; they exemplify the spirit of mutual aid, where community members come together to support one another in need. GASP’s outreach efforts extend far beyond the initial crisis, as we have continued our commitment to the Superfund communities.
Beyond the essentials distributed at markets, GASP recognizes the importance of building connections and fostering community relationships. Our Neighborhood Pop-Up markets serve as more than just distribution points; “The Pop-Up markets are an excellent opportunity for GASP to connect with citizens and build relationships,” said Grassroots organizer Barbara Jackson.
Community members can receive various essentials at each market, including boxed and dried foods, fresh produce, canned goods, and even donated items such as gently used clothing. Thanks to generous contributions from vendors like Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon, and others, GASP is able to expand its offerings to include furniture and household products, further enriching the lives of those in need.
Jackson joined GASP this August and immediately got to work planning the final pop-up market of the year. She took her tenacious motivation and spirit to conduct her first pop-up market with GASP in her new role.
“I’m rooting for her!” Said GASP Communications Coordinator, Madison Naves.
The continued success and persistence of GASP’s Pop-Up markets, rooted in the principles of mutual aid, highlight the organization’s dedication to staying connected with citizens. It’s not just about providing immediate relief; it’s about fostering an ongoing relationship beyond material support.
Jackson has hopeful anticipation as she begins planning a pop-up market for 2024. She believes that through these markets, GASP provides immediate relief, fosters community connections, and champions its core mission of promoting healthy and clean air for all Alabamians, making a tangible and lasting impact on the lives of those we serve.