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  • In this week’s Community Spotlight, Tally Food Web is proud to share the work of a local garden near Tallahassee: Lott’s Community Gardens ! At Lott’s Community Gardens, volunteers help grow and harvest produce for the Second Harvest of the Big Bend food bank. Each season, thousands of pounds of produce are harvested directly for the food bank. After speaking with the staff at Lott’s Community Gardens, a group of students from the FSU Presidential Scholars program recognized a need for certain gardening equipment, such as a “potato harvester”. The potato harvester is a machine that lifts and harvest potatoes from the ground, sieving out excess soil. Harvesting potatoes with such machinery contributes to less food waste and in turn, allows Lott’s to deliver more fresh produce to the Second Harvest food bank in Tallahassee. The third cohort of Presidential Scholars worked together to bring this issue forward to the Tallahassee community, holding a share night at Tijuana Flats, and even starting a GoFundMe fundraiser. The funds collected were later provided to Lott’s Community Gardens for the purchase of the potato harvester. Volunteering at the garden is a wonderful way for college students to get started on community service, while making a difference in food insecurity within the greater Tallahassee area! To volunteer, please contact Edwin Lott using the contact information below. Contact: Edwin Lott 850 566-8421 edwin.lott@goisc.com http://lottscommunitygardens.com/ Thank you for your attention, and keep a look out for our next Community Spotlight! --Written by Michael Hong
  • TallyFoodWeb.com is proud to recognize and highlight the incredible work related to food insecurity and injustice being done by local organizations in Leon County! This week we turn out attention to Manna on Meridian , a coalition formed between 4 local churches designed to help provide food and clothing to families in need. The members of Faith Presbyterian, St. Stephen Lutheran, Saint Paul's United Methodist, and Unitarian Universalist churches make up the organizational structure of Manna on Meridian . These four churches have come together in mutual recognition of the hardships that many families face as a direct result of economic downturn to bolster their individual capabilities to serve by uniting their efforts. Manna on Meridian’s website provides an accurate synopsis of their cause and provides a comprehensive list of ways to get involved: Manna on Meridian distributes food and clothing on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9-10 a.m., from the building behind the church office parking lot at Faith Presbyterian Church. There are several ways you can help Manna on Meridian: Bring non-perishable food items to Faith and place them in the collection bins. Bring food anytime. Bring fresh produce on the 3rd Friday afternoon of the month for the 3rd Saturday distribution. Gather food from the bins at Faith and take it to the distribution building at Delta Court. Sort food on the shelves at the Delta Court distribution building. Bag food for distribution. Help distribute food and clothing and make new friends on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month from 8:30-10 a.m. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Rob McNeely at mannaonmeridian@gmail.com -Written by Robert Cotter
  • A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a Native American Reservation in Idaho. This one was relatively large and was populated by the Shoshone and Bannock tribes. This visit was due to an annual celebration they were having, uniting tribes across the nation. The main attraction consisted of drum circles and dancing, with crafts and food being sold on the perimeter. After observing the beautiful festivities for a few hours, I began reading more about the culture. A striking similarity between these reservations and the big bend area was the designation: Food Desert. After seeing this, I read articles published by Native American tribes and reports by NPR. The latter detailed that most Reservations are food deserts (the designation of a food desert is different in rural areas, where a grocery store must be more than 10 miles away, instead of 1), and described a Navajo Reservation that imposed a 2% junk food tax in order to curb people’s reliance on the cheap and easy. This did not strike me as very different than what Tallahassee faces, until I read an article from the perspective of a Native American, Alysa Landry. She wrote about the term “food desert,” and how it is derogatory towards Native peoples. This is because the USDA does not take into account farming and hunting practices into food desert designation. Landry also expressed the importance of food sovereignty, the idea that they should no longer rely on grocery stores for their food, and they strive to transition back to traditional way of living, where they rely on farming and hunting. While these are not totally phased out, most farms are commercial and grow only one thing in a large quantity, typically corn. Hunting is limited in many regions due to the endangerment of animals. This demonstrated a problem that should be dealt with in a much different way than food deserts in the city are. In this case, the problem of obtaining healthy food is also intricately linked to the environment. Not only would it be more sustainable for the community to live off of the land, and resume their practices of minimal waste, but it would also promote the health of the environment by decreasing industrial farming practices and advocating for animal rights as stable populations of bison would be a necessity for survival off of the land. Juxtaposed with Tallahassee, where community gardens increase locally grown food, and farmers markets are helpful for expanding access. For me, the biggest take away was the approach of how to tackle food deserts. A Native American community in the Pacific Northwest is fundamentally different than Tallahassee, Florida. However, the theme of food scarcity and nutritional deficiency is pervasive throughout our nation. Creating dynamic approaches on a community-oriented basis is necessary in order to create long lasting change. --Written by Anna Wuest