Understanding Food Deserts

Every year, Society of St. Andrew provides millions of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to feeding agencies that serve people living in food deserts*. Highlighting a number of cities in Virginia, the Virginia State University documentary, Living in a Food Desert, provides a clear picture of the reality of urban food deserts. This 46 minute film is the result of the Virginia Food Desert Study Report that identifies challenges, consequences, strategies, and resources to address food deserts – and offers ...

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Getting Something Green Into the Food Desert

By Jean Blish Siers *

A new study out of North Carolina State University challenges the conventional wisdom of food deserts, but in doing so, emphasizes the importance of gleaning groups such as Society of St. Andrew and their ability to get nutritious fresh food into under-served neighborhoods.

Food deserts are those areas where residents have limited access to a full-service supermarket or to a car to reach one. Full-service supermarkets have a ...

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USDA 2015 guidelines acknowledge barriers to access

Fruits & Vegetables

 

By Jean Blish Siers *

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest dietary guidelines for the American people. There was good news for some of us (Yippee, eggs are good!) but bad news for all of us: According to USDA data, about half of American adults (or 117 million people) have one or more preventable chronic disease. And about two-thirds of us (nearly 155 million people) are overweight ...

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SoSA – Charlotte lost a good friend

Watermelons

 

By Jean Blish Siers *

In the winter, when the fields are quiet, I don’t hear from my volunteers as often. I had last seen Cheryl in late October when my husband and I took her a load of turnips and greens on a warm Sunday afternoon. Although she had been in and out of the hospital this summer, she said she was doing well and was already calling neighbors to come share ...

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