Food Deserts, Social Entrepreneurs at Yale, NYC Community Gardens, Fighting Hunger Through the Media

Our weekly reading list of the people, places, and discussions taking place in food insecurity across the country.

World Population Day: Addressing Food Deserts in the Land of Plenty


n-FOOD-DESERTS-large570From just-squeezed juices to artisan sandwiches to colorful bunches of fresh-picked vegetables, nutritious dietary offerings have never been so bountiful or convenient for affluent Americans. They can legitimately browse for gourmet-quality dinners inside local supermarkets as well as convenience stores or trendy “small box” neighborhood groceries.

Unfortunately, that is not the case for some 23.5 million largely underserved U.S. residents who live in “food deserts,” areas where grocery stores are absent and food options frequently range from fast food to corner mini-marts, where chips, soda pop, candy, cakes and snack packs are more likely to line the shelves than fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry and meat; whole-grain bread, pasta and cereal; or high-quality dairy and all-fruit juice drinks. Many food desert residents, without access to foodstuffs that allow them to eat three full, nutritious meals a day, regularly lack food security.

Read the full article on Huffington Post.

 Social Enterprise & Food Justice (hi-lights)

Social entrepreneurs Jessamyn W. Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen and Brahm Ahmadi, co-founder of People’s Grocery and People’s Community Market discuss running mission-driven companies in urban communities. Event moderated by Mark Bomford, Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Program.

Watch the Video on YouTube.

Survey Shows Majority of NYC Community Gardens Grow Food, Compost

garden01-537x402With the ever-increasing interest in local food and urban agriculture, it’s easy to understand the growing popularity of community gardens. A new survey from GrowNYC shows that New York City’s community gardens are helping to create more sustainable neighborhoods. Of the gardens surveyed, a whopping 80 percent produce food for their community, 65 percent compost, and 43 partner with at least one school!

Read the full story on Inhabitat.

Hunger Free NC: WRAL Fights Hunger With Marketing Blitz

North Carolina has an invisible hunger problem.

But WRAL and Radio One Raleigh are hoping to change that by creating awareness about the issue and raising funds for community hunger relief. WRAL is Capitol Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate while Radio One Raleigh is the leading regional urban music specialist.

“This is about using the power of the media for good,” says Steven Hammel, WRAL’s general manager.


Watch the campaign and read the full story on