PANEL DISCUSSION: Eat Here! Food Deserts in the 21st Century

How is the food on our table defined by the neighborhoods in which we live? Recent research indicates 23.5 million Americans live in a food desert--impeded financially or physically from obtaining food. Many are overwhelmed by the 5-to-1 ratio of fast-food to grocery stores. With factors such as cost and convenience as primary motivators in Americans’ diets, what will the grocery store of the future look like? How are mobile food markets or virtual grocery stores changing the grocery store landscape? With an exhibition overview by Stocked curator and Eat Here! moderator Emily Stamey, regional stakeholders discuss the status quo while providing insightful plans for the future of the grocery store and what Americans eat.

"Eat Here!" is moderated by Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles curator Dr. Emily Stamey. Stamey is associate curator of art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Deborah Ballard-Reisch is the WSU Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Chair in Strategic Communication and Elliott School of Communication professor and founder of the WSU Hunger
Awareness Initiative.

Eugene Brown III is the mobile market manager for Beans & Greens, a non-profit organization in Kansas City, and a member of the Front Porch Alliance to co-lead a farm business development project with area high school students.

Dr. David E. Procter is director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development at Kansas State University and briefed the U.S. Senate Hunger Caucus on the loss of grocery stores in rural communities
and its devastating impact on communities.

"Eat Here!" was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 in 210 McKnight West, Wichita State University School of Art and Design, 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita, Kansas.

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