A Desert in Our Own Backyards: Food Deserts in North Carolina

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A Desert in Our Own Backyards: Food Deserts in North Carolina

Time: November 17, 2010 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Davidson College, Chambers Building, Lilly Gallery
Event Type: educational, panel
Organized By: Kaitlin Roberts (karoberts@davidson.edu)
Latest Activity: Nov 16, 2010

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Dr. Tessa Thraves (Community-based Food Systems Coordinator at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems),
Marilyn Marks (Head of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council), Dr. Elizabeth Racine (Assistant Professor of Public Health at UNC-Charlotte), and
Alison Mignery (Mecklenburg County Health Department Nutritionist) will sit on the panel to answer questions about food deserts and share information on their work.

A fo...od desert is an area where the population does not have access to fresh, healthy foods. There are often financial limitations that prevent individuals from paying for transportation to get to a grocery store outside the area and a lack of education around eating healthy. As a result, many people who live in food deserts end up eating from gas stations and vending machines.

We often think of food inequity as a problem that only occurs among the homeless population or in third world countries, and it is easy to overlook the food gap that is occurring in our own states and counties.

This forum will give members of the Davidson community the opportunity to better understand food deserts and how we can help solve the problem.

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