Access & Education
While we strive to empower local farmers and food producers, the edible flint Access & Education work group is organized to improve community health by increasing the knowledge about and consumption of healthy food. Through careful study and attention to access disparities we can engage youth in the effort to positively affect our food system.
Purpose & Goals
Purpose: To improve community health by increasing the information about and consumption
of healthy food.
The Access & Education work group began during one of edible flint’s early strategic planning processes. In addition to the goals listed, the group has a priority of working with young people and engaging them in the processes of making changes in the way we eat. Learning how and where people access food has been a priority of the group and members feel that knowing what kinds of option people have to eat is a critical first step in the process of making healthy food available. Since conducting a small scale assessment in the 48504 and 48505 zip codes, Access & Education is working toward building a coalition that may potentially expand this assessment.
For the initial Food Seller Assessment, Access & Education worked with youth in Raise It Up! Youth Arts and Awareness and Mott Community College to determine what kind of food was available in about 25 convenience and grocery stores in northern Flint.
Access & Education is now in the process of exploring partnerships to potentially expand and/or work with stores to increase the availability of healthy food in Flint.
Access & Education meetings are held:
3rd Tuesday of the month, 5-6pm at Cafe Rhema, on an as needed basis. Please contact Bryan Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org for a current meeting schedule. Thanks!
Access & Education Docs