In this issue we continue to look at the difficulties faced by those arguably most in need of nutritious meals, the homeless and those struggling with addiction. Here are this week's links that we feel are worth your time.
This project is something to watch, and might give you ideas for your own community. Food Shift, based in Alameda, California is taking discarded food and cooking it up, in the process offering cooking lessons and jobs for homeless and others struggling to find work. As this blog highlights, one recipient has been a recovery center.
THE PRIEST SAVING LA'S GANG MEMBERS
(9 minute view)
Homeboy /(Homegirl) Industries has helped over 30,000 in Los Angeles transition out of gang life through several businesses including catering. Those served by Homeboy Industries come from communities lacking educational and employment opportunities. Further those trying to break free from gangs face illegal discrimination based on their criminal record, a challenge for people in many communities at least across the United States.
CNN Money | 30 November 2015
A FOCUS ON HEALTHIER FOOD FOR THE HOMELESS
(4 minute read)
This article looks at efforts in Minnesota to move beyond the donated donuts and carbohydrate rich casseroles to serve more nutrition meals that meet the needs of area homeless.
Julie Siple | Minnesota Public Radio | 28 April 2011
Below is a link to more information about the Healthier Meals Coalition in Ramsey County, Minnesota including a guidebook for doing similar work in other communities: https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/health-medical/public-health-initiatives/statewide-health-improvement-program-ship/healthier-meals-coalition
NUTRITION IN ADDICTION RECOVERY
(1.5 hour read)
In this survey article, Miller demonstrates that there is almost seventy years history of studies that support the value of emphasizing nutrition to tackle addiction. An emphasis on nutrition can reduce by threefold the chance of addiction.
Rebecca Place Miller | May 2010
A Deep Dive Read:
FOOD ACCESS IN BROWNSVILLE, BROOKLYN: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MEETS BIOPOWER
(7 hour read)
In this study Dory Kornfeld Thrasher looks at two programs in New York City geared towards addressing food justice issues. One program is attempts to make corner stores, bodegas, healthier. The second program are youth run farmers markets. Thrasher's work raises questions about trying to change the business models of these small bodegas. Further, she highlights that consumers will travel to purchase food, and there is more need to think about this in conversations about food deserts. This work also raises questions about whether or not discussions about access to healthy food are too focused on the individual or loosely defined nuclear family. One can see that these communities have an asset, people with the skills and time to cook if provided the food.
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