Food Deserts in the Land of Plenty
2016 Food Deserts Blog
Almost 400,000 people in the city of Chicago currently lack access to fresh and healthy food, they reside in what is known as a "food desert." Students will explore the reality, causes and methods of combating urban food deserts. Students will begin the trip by volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository and a local food pantry, in order to evaluate the quality of food available to those in need. Students will shop in neighborhoods designated as food deserts to experience the challenge that so many face. With the guidance of experts from Food Desert Action and City Farm, students will examine the negative health effects of food deserts and the unjust policy issues that affect our food systems. In the final days of our trip, we will explore and support innovative solutions to food deserts through: volunteering at urban farms, touring The Plant (a vertical farm and food business incubator), and spending time on Fresh Moves - a Chicago transit bus which has been converted to a traveling fresh food market! Each day will include reflections on the equity of the food system and how it can be challenged.
Students will be staying at Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, sleeping in a classroom, and using the kitchen for meal preparation. Josephinum has established relationships with several of the organizations we will be working through our collaboration to host student Volunteers during Josephinum's Service Learning Days.
Coordinator: Susan M Cruz / Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart Chicago, IL
Co-Coordinator: Mary Rose Guerin / Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart Chicago, IL
June 18-24, 2017
For female students entering grades 9-12
Participants will be staying at: Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, Chicago, IL