I just wanted to publicize a common issue most people don’t realize exists and possible solutions. I’m stating this with no actual data but rather from personal experience but most families living with low-income have a hard time buying food that actually has nutritional value.
The problem is the availability of nutrient deficient foods, and organic produce is too expensive for these families to afford. The solution, however, is promoting communal gardening in our urban cities. Seattle has a program called P-Patch Community Gardens that allows people to rent a plot for relatively cheap ($40 a year). And if this is out of budget for you, they also have financial assistance programs.
Staff partners with volunteers, non-profit organizations and other agencies to support, develop and manage these gardens. My point here isn’t to promote this specific program but to help shed light on a plausible solution to a problem that many families are dealing with in our current food system. I think that most people just aren’t educated on these topics, and it’s up to news-providing entities like The Olympian to help bring these topics to the limelight. We all want our communities to be connected to one another and to thrive and I really think this topic deserves some attention. So together let’s start the discussion!
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