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    Food Disparity

    Question 1: When you hear the phrase “Poverty to Progress,” what comes to mind? What are the tools you think people need to move out of and stay out of poverty here in the city?

    • Moving from the bottom to the top
    • Assistance with housing and food
    • Access to food, housing—low threshold of entry
    • Transportation- big issue
    • Jobs—need transportation to help assist in finding a decent paying job to help with groceries
    • Public transportation is limited to specific hours
    • More communication with in/ throughout food pantries
    • Maps with links
    • Not everyone has internet access so finding another way to find out the information that you are looking for
    • Organized meetings to share information to make a collective impact
    • Use school system to communicate mapping system
    • Increase understanding- broaden perspective stimulation/simulation
    • Develop ways to increase self esteem
    • Recognize that some children may only eat while there at school
    • Tools
    • Mapping system

    Question 2: What are some of the challenges related to this barrier that you think make it difficult for people to become economically secure?

    • Kids feel unable to talk about difficult home situations and are unsure of how to share (without having CPS threatening to take them away)
    • Schools are scrambling
    • Budgeting
    • Communication between food resources
    • Wages
    • Bills
    • Lack of communication
    • Embarrassed of what others might think
    • Some people sell food stamps for drugs instead of feeding themselves or children.
    • Deciding between lights or food 

    Question 3: We know that just throwing money at a problem rarely solves it. What concrete, actionable steps (as it relates to this barrier) would you like to see taken to create pathways out of poverty in the city?

    • Identify food deserts
    • Open food desert pantry on Rivermont
    • Re-open the grocery store on Bedford Ave. as a food pantry
    • Create a system for walking with people in poverty to understand and educate people who have not lived in poverty
    • “Life Swap” a day in the shoes of those less fortunate
    • Have community meals subsidize mobile grocery stores—set a schedule
    • Put stops in mapping system
    • Compute a cost analysis for small grocery stores that could help create jobs and provide food deserts
    • Community survey throughout downtown and surrounding areas
    • Create awareness for Lynchburg Grows and food truck, maybe become advocates
    • Have monthly food fairs
    • SNAP education on budgeting maybe provide document of prices/recipes to feed a family of four on a budget
    • Set up grocery store program where customers can go online and use a promo code to give/help pay 5%. In return that grocery store will donate 5% of sales to a non-profit organization 
    • Have workshops for volunteers
    • Train people on how a pantry is ran and it’s requirements
    • Create a list of food bank pantries in the city
    • Training on what to have in kitchen in case of emergencies; ex. three days of food and water supply for use of emergencies only
    • Go throughout the community and build relationships. Instead of having them come to us, go to them
    • Stop looking down on people and create a culture of respect throughout the community
    • Back pack programs
    • Waste in school cafeterias should be given away and sent home with students at the end of the day instead or throwing these items away
    • Family food nights with food trucks
    • Potluck meals in public areas
    • Community car pool for grocery store items

    Question 4: What does success look like here? Should it be based on changing overall rates of poverty? Creating new opportunities rather than focusing on concrete numbers? Etc.

    • People tracking spending and income
    • Volunteers for the pantry
    • Community leaders and champions
    • Families being able to make healthier choices