Umoja Community Builders Summer Internship

For the summer of Community Builders 2009 we are focusing and researching the topic of food justice. We discussed the topic of food justice, and the problem of food deserts. When we say food justice we mean each community having the same access to food. When we say food desert we are referring to a lack of grocery stores in a specific area. While researching we noticed that North Lawndale is suffering from a food desert because of a lack of grocery stores in the area. Us thirty- five teenagers decided to find a solution to this problem. In the course of the second week we visited an organization called Green Youth Farm, where other teens learn how to grow organic foods. After researching we have created several questions to produce a survey, which we passed out to the community later on that week. Once during every week, we attend Free Spirit Media to gain knowledge of the process of making a documentary. When we are there we learn to edit footage, produce a soundtrack, and generate texts. What both Community Builders and Green Youth Farm are doing is only two parts to the solution. The last part requires the assistance of the residents in the North Lawndale community to take action.

By: Shanobia Davis and Jasmine Coleman

Friday, July 24, 2009

My Food Story by Aaron Johnson (from Image Writing Activity)

As I picture things about my community, I think of all sorts of things. Things like, "how would my neighborhood feel if this certain type of food wasn't in our community?" Or, "what type of food do people buy or want in their community?." So I went around my neighborhood going door to door asking my neighbors what type of food do they buy when they go to the grocery store? What type of food is in your household? It was a lot of similar answers but a lot of different answers as well. But through it all it was unhealthy food which is not good for your body. Food like eggs, bacon, grits, and toast, which is very unhealthy for you. But I tried to change a couple of my neighbors ideas but it didn't work because they stick to eating the food they have been eating.

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