There’s no one right way to help a community that lacks access to fresh and affordable healthy food.
Some have begun offering food trucks that sell fruits and vegetables. Others have spruced up their corner markets with better goods, while many city leaders have worked hard to lure grocers to their neighborhoods.
Eliminating food deserts is one of the major challenges facing those working on childhood obesity, and finding effective solutions can require a bit creativity (and a lot of hard work). It’s one of the reasons why PreventObesity.net is partnering with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to host a special speaker series event on Nov. 2 looking at innovative remedies for food deserts, and you can watch the free program online.
Scheduled speakers include documentary filmmaker Mary Mazzio, whose film “The Apple Pushers” looks at street vendors selling produce in New York’s food deserts; Cathy Nonas of the New York City Health Department; and Dwayne Proctor of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.*
*Full disclosure: PreventObesity.net is a project of RWJF.