Taylor uses the Early Matters Dallas mapping tool to see that roughly 70% of children under age 5 live in poverty in the neighborhood where he serves as a community impact associate. The mapping tool helps Taylor and others working toward food desert solutions to pinpoint areas in need like the 10th Street Historic District where Taylor is planning a community garden.
Try out the mapping tool yourself and generate a report. You may be surprised with the results: http://map.earlymattersdallas.org/
Sometimes all it takes is meeting your neighbor…
Watch Taylor visit a farm for the first time in his life and meet Patrick Wright, manager of Bonton Farms.The two talk food deserts and goat milk. The meeting ultimately inspired Taylor to start his own garden in the 10th Street Historic District on a lot owned by his grandfather.
We went to Commit’s annual Community Achievement Scorecard event where they see how well we are collectively supporting the 750,000+ students in Dallas County on their journey from cradle to career.
Cafe Momentum has saved Dallas taxpayers over $7M! Chad Houser and his team do this by lowering the recidivism rate for juvenile offenders while paying them a livable wage and teaching them culinary skills. They also buy food from Bonton Farms. If you haven’t been here you should check it out. Good food and a great cause!
Many in Dallas don’t have cars or even the money to take DART to get groceries….WTF?!
Equal Heart has brought hundreds of thousands of meals all over Dallas to hungry people. They recover perfectly edible, high quality food and redistribute it to families in need. Watch food recovery specialist Jackie Anderson explain more… If you know a restaurant that throws away food please get them connected so it can go to a good place. More: http://www.equalheart.org/
This film is a work in progress. The plan is to have it completed by the end of 2017. We have met a lot of great people fighting for change along the way so far. Here is a taste of what we have so far. Stay tuned for more…
Surprisingly, most people still have no clue what a food desert is. Per the American Nutrition Association and USDA, Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers. Here is the USDA’s food desert locator map.