USDA Defines Food Deserts
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.
This has become a big problem because while food deserts are often short on whole food providers, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, instead, they are heavy on local quickie marts that provide a wealth of processed, sugar, and fat laden foods that are known contributors to our nation’s obesity epidemic. The food desert problem has in fact become such an issue that the USDA has outlined a map of our nation’s food deserts. The Food Desert Locator is a part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to end childhood obesity.
As you know, in most cases, no person or company is going to come into poor communities and save the day. It's up to community members and representatives to work on viable, sustainable solutions for access to healthy foods. In that spirit, The Mosque Cares | Ministry of Imam W Deen Mohammed launched the 2017 You Can Grow Campaign, encouraging community members, particularly in food deserts to create community gardens in their neighborhoods.
TMC | MIWDM this campaign to raise public awareness of the vital roles community gardens play in producing and providing many of the healthy foods we need and love. This is especially important for so called food deserts. Through this multimedia campaign, Americans will learn more about where their food comes from and how they can take action to help improve community access to health food. By participating in the campaign, the pubic will play a pivotal role in reducing the number of food deserts in our country.
Here are four things you can do to take action and help TMC reach our goal:
1) Donate to the campaign!
2) Share the campaign link with your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers
3) Post to your social media network to help spread the word
4) Visit TheMosqueCares.com to learn more about this important initiative and how you can get involved
Here are some steps to create a successful community garden:
1. FIND OUT WHO IS INTERESTED
Start a neighborhood Facebook group, send a Google survey, pass out flyers.
2. FOR THOSE WHO RESPOND
Determine the type of garden needed:
3. RESEARCH AND DOCUMENT AVAILABLE RESOURCES
Assess what is available:
4. SPREAD THE WORD
Most community gardens self support and initially need volunteer help to prepare the soil, plant seeds or plants, tend the garden (water, weed), have the right gardening tools, etc.
5. CHOOSE THE LOCATION
Consider tending and watering needs
6. PREPARE THE LAND
7. POST RESPONSIBILITIES IN PLAIN VIEW
With Allah's Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
WDM Ministry, PO Box 1061, Calumet City, IL 60409
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The Mosque Cares [Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed]
Muslim American Organization with an 80+ year legacy
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