Discussion Explores Food Justice in Cleveland

Wed 11/29 @ 5:30PM

It’s always been jaw-dropping to me that there are politicians who want to cut school lunch programs or oppose them entirely, using excuses such as that there might be some kids whose families aren’t truly poor getting a free lunch at school. It seems to me that in a country as wealthy as ours everyone should have access to good-tasting, nutritious food.

Alas, that’s not the case in the U.S. as hunger has worsened and in vast swaths of poor communities, the most affordable food is the most unhealthy, which leads to a whole host of other problems that lead to shortened life spans. But there are people working to change that.

Come hear from some of them when the City Club resents a free community conversation on “Food Justice in Cleveland, taking place at Morning Star Baptist Church (10250 Shaker Blvd)

Keymah Durden III was one of the three founders of Rid-All Green Partnership, which launched ten years ago with the vision of turning an abandoned swath of land in the so-called “Forgotten Triangle” — and has built a flourishing farm on that land tat now includes numerous greenhouses and hoophouses, an aquaponics facility, a community kitchen, a composting operation and a tree nursery. It also offers training program and workshop for all ages.

Kim Foreman is the executive director of Environmental Health Watch, whose legacy goes back to the early 80s, when it recognized the impact of environmental factors on wellbeing. While working on issues such as lead and other contamination in housing, it’s also addressed health holistically, which includes working on healthy food access issues.

Finally, Shirley Bell-Wheeler is an urban farmer, whose Revolutionary Love Urban Farm on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood introduces kids to physical, mental and emotional wellness through farming and art. Ideastream’s Marlene Harris-Taylor will moderate.

Doors open at 4:30pm; the conversation begins at 5:30pm. There’ll be light refreshments. It’s open to all and registration is encouraged but not required.


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