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Here is the sixth letter and video in our 4th Grade Changemakers series. Fourth grader Taija Marble from Anna R. Langford Community Academy writes to Mayor Emanuel on the need for more grocery stores in her Englewood community.+ More details
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Since opening last month, America’s first non-profit grocery store is bringing fresh and affordable fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy to Chester, Pennsylvania, a community that has struggled to find healthy food options since the city’s last supermarket closed in 2001. Chester, home to 35,000 people, has been designated a food desert, a low-income area lacking easy access to healthy food, by the US government. For the residents of Chester The Fare and Square grocery store — seven years in the making — is a welcome relief: “It’s a beautiful supermarket,” said employee Geraldine Carter. The store is the brainchild of Bill Clark, the executive director of Philabundance, a non-profit hunger relief organization. Chester has a 36 percent poverty rate and unemployment at 13 percent. Clark said, at one time Chester had five grocery stores, but they all closed when the city fell on hard times after manufacturing virtually disappeared. About half of the city’s residents don’t own a car, making it difficult and costly to travel to a supermarket. As Clark put it: “To bring a gallon of milk is a hardship if you have to use two buses to get home.” So far 60 percent of Chester’s families have signed up for free membership to the Fare and Square, which allows shoppers with annual incomes equal to or less than twice the federal poverty level to receive a seven percent store credit every time they shop. About 60 percent of shoppers are using benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to pay for their food. The 16,000-square-foot store receives funding through the government, foundations and corporations, as well as individuals. The goal is to one day be financially self-sustaining, but it’s still early days, so a time frame has yet to be set. Now the question is: Can the Fare and Square be a model for other food deserts in America, home to 13.5 million Americans looking for fresh food? In this report, producer Karla Murthy visits the Fare and Square to find out what the community thinks of their new, unconventional supermarket. Producer and Editor Karla Murthy Camera/Associate Producer Alexandra Nikolchev+ More details
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Backstage, Ryan Shadrick Wilson, General Counsel at Partnership for a Healthier America, discusses a public health crisis revolving around food and consumption. She shares what can be done to promote healthier eating habits in America along with some alarming statistics that are motivators to make change. You can find her stage presentation on the subject here: https://vimeo.com/88056058 Join us: http://feastongood.com http://facebook.com/feastongood http://twitter.com/feastongood+ More details
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In 2009, the Benton Harbor City Commission contracted with me to develop a local food system plan for their community. This posting is a video version of the Power Point Presentation I made on August 25, 2009 to a large public meeting at City Hall. Benton Harbor is one of the poorest communities in Michigan with a household income of $19,000/year. It's population of 12,000 is 95% African-American. In 2011, Benton Harbor has been targeted by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for radical transformation through a new Emergency Financial Management law.+ More details
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Bianca Bockman (Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation), Nicole Tucker (Grown NYC), and Harvir Kaur (Brooklyn Movement Center) discuss gentrification and it's effect on food. Original air date; Jan 26, 2015 BRICartsmedia.org/bkindiemedia+ More details
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Buen Provecho (“Enjoy Your Meal”) (2012) is a short documentary filmed and edited by three University of Southern California Masters of Social Work students (Elizabeth Huesca, Jason Lipeles and Monica C. Ramirez). Buen Provecho, their first documentary, is their final project for the Media in Social Work course taught by Professor Rafael Angulo. Elizabeth Huesca directed the film and all three students filmed and edited the footage. Make a change in our community. Check out these resources: California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)---CFPA is a statewide policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of low income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious, affordable food. To subscribe to their action alerts: http://cfpa.net/subscribe Community Services Unlimited, Inc.---Volunteer to garden and help in other ways weekly and monthly at the Expo Center Mini Urban Farm and several community gardens. Call: (323) 470-3942 or E-mail: email@example.com http://csuinc.org/volunteer/ Food Forward---Gleaning fruit from thousands of fruit trees in areas all over the county that would otherwise go to waste. Fruit is then distributed to food pantries. To volunteer, register at: http://foodforward.org/get-involved/volunteers/ Hunger Action LA---Working to end hunger and promote healthy eating through public policy, organizing and direct service. Programs include Veggie Vouchers for low-income consumers at farmers markets and work on state, city, county and federal policies affecting access to healthy food. Call: (213) 388-8228 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Los Angeles Regional Food Bank---Nation’s largest food bank, collecting and distributing food to over 900 charities in Los Angeles. Call: (323) 234-3030 www.lafoodbank.org MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger---MAZON is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and alleviating hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds. Email email@example.com to get action alerts. Also, refer to http://mazon.org/advocacy/ Root Down LA: RootDown LA confronts obesity and related health issues in South Los Angeles by first convincing high school youth to eat their veggies, then engaging them in the educational experiences and skills training necessary to help build healthier food communities. To volunteer/donate see information at http://rootdownla.org/whats-needed/+ More details
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