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CMFPC in the news! Food policy topics in Charlotte and North Carolina.
State of the Plate
State of the Plate Gives Charlotte Food For Thought - March 30, 2016
Mecklenburg County households with children are on average more likely to be insecure about the provision and quality of their next meal than families nationally. Dr. Victor Romano, Wellness Director at Johnson C. Smith University, revealed this and other sobering data at a press conference Wednesday, March 30, 2016 on State of the Plate, a food systems assessment of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Romano and Katherine Metzo of Elemental Research and Consulting led the study with support from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council.
Charlotte's Grocery Wars Leave Residents Behind - March 16, 2017
The West Boulevard corridor is home to approximately 14,000 predominantly low-income residents, most of them African-American. Those who want to shop nearby can choose from a handful of small convenience stores and gas stations, as well as two Family Dollar stores. What they won’t find nearby is a full-service supermarket with a full selection of fresh produce, meat and dairy.
Tackling Charlotte's Food Deserts (WBTV) - November 28, 2016
If you take a drive down West Boulevard - a main corridor in west Charlotte - you may not notice a simple but startling difference between this busy corridor and others like it across the Queen City: the long and winding road doesn't have a single grocery store. Not one.
Inside a Charlotte Food Desert - (WBTV)
We took a camera inside three West Boulevard stores to see the grocery gap moms face. It is a nutrition nightmare - some canned vegetables - boxed meals - but not even a single banana or head of lettuce in sight.
Ebony lives in what experts call a Food Desert. It's neighborhood where you can go for miles without even a banana or apple for sale to eat. And the CDC believes lack of access to healthy food is leading to our nation's epidemic rise in childhood obesity.
Mecklenburg Officials Eye Food Deserts - Charlotte Business Journal - Aug 3, 2010
About 60 neighborhoods in Mecklenburg County are without a full-service grocery store, according to a recent study.
The report found that about 73,000 people in low-income neighborhoods in Mecklenburg are at a greater health risk because of little to no access to fresh food in close proximity to their homes.
Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will hear a full report from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council on these “food deserts” at tonight’s meeting.
Combatting Charlotte's Food Deserts - (Trees Charlotte) - January 9, 2017
Last month, TreesCharlotte and several community partners took the first step toward developing an urban orchard in northwest Charlotte. On Oct. 15, TreesCharlotte partnered with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the NC Cooperative Extension and the Rosa Park Farmers Market community advisory council to plant 25 fruit trees at a park site adjacent to the Church located off Beatties Ford Road. The orchard is part of the recently opened Friendship Sportsplex, an outdoor recreation center on church land and managed by Park and Recreation.
Atherton Mill and Market Born Out of Quest For Fresh Food - November 26, 2014
Lynn Shanklin Caldwell did not appreciate the bounty of her grandparents’ farms until she no longer had access to it.