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City raises awareness of food access and justice

John Gibson

Officials have proclaimed August the month of “Food Justice and Food Access for All” in the city of Evansville. 

Mayor’s representative Ella Johnson-Watson presented the proclamation to members of the Evansville Area Food Council at the site of the city’s downtown farmers market.

Casey Williams is the Purdue Extension Wellness Coordinator in Evansville. He tells WNIN the goal of the council is to make nutritious food available to children and adults, regardless of income levels.

Williams says one of the council’s victories is allowing low-income people to buy fresh produce at farmers markets with their SNAP cards.

Another issue is food that goes to waste.

Alesha Harris is head of the Food Council and co-founder of Urban Seeds. She says a program at Delaware School helps feed kids and prevent waste. 

Harris says any food left over then goes to kids at Evansville’s Dream Center.

You can help feed the hungry by attending an Evansville Area Food Council meeting. They’re held the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at First Security Bank at Main and 3rd streets in Downtown Evansville.