Walk the Road 2014 – “Growing Solutions to Living in a Food Desert”

Walk the Road 2014 – “Growing Solutions to Living in a Food Desert” Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, a food desert is an urban area without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food.

How can the residents and supporters of Peoplestown work to increase the availability of quality, healthy foods?  We will explore important issue using group discussions, service projects, and a walk to neighborhood convenience stores to shop for a nutritious meal.

A panel discussion will examine the impact of food deserts on public health in Atlanta, considering the following questions:

  • How can we develop alternative retail outlets and grow food locally?
  • How can we get a grocery store in our neighborhood?
  • How do we substitute convenience with quality?

There will be three service projects:

  • Making sandwiches for distribution in the Lokey Center
  • Sorting cans of food for the food pantry
  • The Game of Life (an interactive game that explores the effects of poverty on daily life)

Staff members and community residents will lead groups to the four neighborhood stores to see if it is possible to purchase the ingredients of a healthy meal.

Suggested donation: five cans of food or $5.00 to support our food pantry.  Those who donate will receive a free Walk the Road t-shirt.

A festive cookout will follow.