Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee has received a grant to fight childhood obesity in Nashville's food deserts. Using $225,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the organization will search for ways to bring healthier food options to three neighborhoods in East Nashville, Edgehill and North Nashville.
Anyone who has ever tried to buy a green vegetable around the Cayce Homes or along 12th Avenue South near downtown knows all too well the nutritional barrenness of a food desert, a phenomenon discussed in the above video by The Tennessean. "If we want to curb the epidemic of childhood obesity, one of the things we must do is make sure people have easy access to healthy food," said Cassi Johnson, Food Security Partners director.
Johnson will co-lead the two-year Re/Storing Nashville campaign with Debbie Miller, director of the Child and Family Policy Center at the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies. They are currently assembling a leadership team, meeting with partners and researchers, coordinating a community-wide meeting and hiring a project coordinator---I repeat: Someone is actually hiring.