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Minneapolis-Northside Food Project Events in March

  • Subject: [cg] Minneapolis-Northside Food Project Events in March
  • From: "Diane Dodge" dianefaydodge@hotmail.com
  • Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2006 10:31:29 -0600

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CONTACT: Angela Dawson, Northside Food Project, angela@northsidefoodproject.org, 612-490-5291

March 3, 2006

Northside Food Project Addresses Healthy Food Access

Access to healthy foods is something most people take for granted. Yet for over 68,000 people in North Minneapolis, finding healthy food means traveling far from home and out of the neighborhood.

When people dont have access to fresh and healthy food, their lives suffer, noted Angela Dawson, director and food curator of the Northside Food Project. Kids who eat diets high in sugars and processed foods will probably have trouble learning in school. As they grow into adults, they are more likely to suffer health disparities such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Food access has social implications.

The Northside Food Project has been established to address the issue of food access, nutrition education, and community development in the North Minneapolis neighborhoods west of the Mississippi River and north of Broadway. This community initiative began over a year ago through collaboration between the McKinley Community, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Minnesota FoodShare, and the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences. The collaborative recently named Angela Dawson as director and established an office in the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches Center for Families in the McKinley neighborhood. Initial underwriting has been supplied by the City of Minneapolis Steps to a Healthier Minneapolis program.

Were looking at the whole food system in North Minneapolis, Dawson said, including corner stores, gas stations, restaurants, institutional providers, gardens, and other food access sites. Were exploring a number of options for bringing more food outlets into the community, including farmers markets and cooperative ventures. Its important that we build relationships among people living in the Northside to establish the food project as community resource that will be sustainable in the long run.

The Northside Food Project (NFP) will participate in two public events during the month of March. On Saturday, March 4, Angela Dawson will represent the NFP at the Third Ward Summit from 8:30 a.m. until noon at East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE. More information on this summit is available online at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward3/docs/SummitFlyer3.pdf .

On Tuesday, March 28, Dawson and Bernadette Longo will participate in a public engagement symposium on Northside retail food access sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Office of Public Engagement. Longo is an Associate Professor at the University, teaching in the Scientific and Technical Communication program in the Department of Rhetoric, College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences. She and Dawson will describe food access challenges in North Minneapolis and how the NFP is addressing them through nutrition education and community development. The symposium will be held at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 3355 Fourth St. North, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and is open to the public without charge. Online registration is available at http://www.sph.umn.edu/publichealthplanet/events/healthyfoods.html .

More information on the Northside Food Project is available online at www.northsidefoodproject.org or by calling the project office at 612-276-1224.

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