Let's Eat Local PHX - Fighting Food Shortage
Organized by: Paul Bennett
About one in five Arizonans, or 1.16 million people, experience food insecurity. That's nearly 18 percent of Arizonans, higher than the national average at 15 percent. Arizona's children are disproportionately impacted, with nearly 30 percent - more than one in four - children who are not assured of their next meal. Food deserts are economically depressed geographic areas where the residents' poverty discourages grocers from establishing markets and many residents do not have adequate transportation to get to to grocery stores further away. One healthy strategy for residents in these areas is to bring in local produce by establishing farmer's markets or making arrangements for occasional delivery of local produce to community centers, churches or schools. Unfortunately, we've learned that residents in food insecure areas will not necessarily avail themselves of farm-fresh produce, particularly if the produce is not familiar to them, not part of their cultural eating patterns, or they do not know how to cook the produce. The students of NLM 435 Service Learning/Community Development, at ASU, is creating a simple, bi-lingual cookbook for the use of local produce, to be distributed in the food desert that exists between McDowell Road and South Mountain, and 7th Avenue and 16th Streets in Phoenix. The title and tag line of the cookbook will be, Let's Eat Local Phoenix Farm-to-Table Community Cookbook The cookbook will be distributed for free to the residents of this identified Phoenix food desert. Your sponsorship assistance will us to help us give hope the hungry.