If Supersize Me taught the world anything, it was that bad diet can kill a person as surely as a bullet. Unfortunately, the “access of evil” of modern inner-city life means that reaching a fat-and-salt-rich meal is often as easy as locating that ubiquitous liquor store or firearm. Securing foods that boost cellular health, maintain weight and energy levels, and improve mood, however, can take multiple bus transfers and punishing hikes `See “The Urban Garden Revolution”`.
In foodie speak, such nutrition-starved city sectors are “food deserts.” A gathering Food Policy Council is being organized to develop ways to flood these areas with affordable, healthy food. “We want to make healthier, affordable food more accessible to all of San Antonio and try to limit or make the unhealthy food not as accessible,” said Len TreviÃ±o, of San Antonio Metro Health and the effort's team liaison. “We want people to know where their food comes from.”
“We want to kick-start this thing, and we want them, the experts, `to` come together and do what they do well,” TreviÃ±o said. “One of the biggest priorities of this group is to develop a sustainability plan â?¦ They may decide to become a non-profit agency â?¦ but one of the directions we're taking them is they need to put themselves in position where they can legally apply for grant funding.”
Folks are being sought from a variety of areas, according to the applications being circulated.
Food Assistance Program
AgriLife Extension Agency Representative
Education Service Center / Schools
Government Agriculture Agency
Local agriculture producer
If you are interested in joining in, contact TreviÃ±o by August 25 at 210-207-5374