ORGANIZER: Boulevard Food
TrulyLivingWell Boulevard wrote -About 23.5 million people live in food deserts - communities that the US Department of Agriculture identified with little or no access to fresh food. In metro Atlanta, over half a million people live in food deserts. For thousands of people with limited resources, poverty and inadequate food access is a prescription for obesity, diabetes, cancer, hypertension and other diet related diseases. A walk or bike ride to the nearest grocery store could mean an hour's trip for a limited amount of food that could be carried the distance back home.
But there is hope.
Since 2012, Truly Living Well in partnership with Councilman Kwanza Hall's YoBoulevard!, AmeriCorp Vista, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Bedford Pines residents and others began developing new paradigm to mitigate hunger and provide food security to members of the Bedford Pines Community (the largest Section 8 housing unit in the Southeastern United States). We've created a food coop system that provides fresh and packaged food products to take hunger out of the equation.
Of the people currently served by The Atlanta Community Food Bank:
76% report choosing between paying for food and paying for utilities.
82% report making choices between paying for food and paying for transportation.73% report choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.
Access to healthy food reduces risks for chronic diseases and allows people to focus on necessities of life. The Center for American Progress Hunger in America report calculated that "the impact of being held back a grade or more in school resulting from hunger and its threat resulted in $6.9 billion in lost income for 2009 and 2010. In total, food insecurity led to a loss of $19.2 billion in [life-time] earnings in 2010.
With your help, we can make a difference.
We need your support to raise awareness and raise funds to end food insecurity in pockets of our community that need help. The March 28, 2015 Food Access for All Walk/Run is a 5K from TLW's Wheat Street Garden in downtown Atlanta, down Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward to Whole Foods on Ponce; then back to the garden. This course is significant.
Walk/Run participants will experience the challenges that many families face to access fresh food. Our partners, Whole Foods/Whole Cities Foundation will provide each registrant with a 10lb bag of food at the half way point. Registrants will carry food bags back to TLW for donation to the Atlanta Food Bank.
Your participation is crucial to our success.