Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

HUD Focuses on the Food Desert Problem in D.C.

On August 25th, 2012, the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD CFBNP) participated in a “Farmers Market: Food Desert” community outreach event to raise the awareness and importance of eating healthy and nutritious food. 

The event, held at St. Elizabeths East Campus in the District of Columbia,  focused on bringing up and educating a healthier generation of kids in America focusing on the benefits of eating nutritious food. HUD CFBNP was happy to partner with the District of Columbia (D.C.) Ward 8 Farmer’s Market, the D.C. Office of Deputy Mayor Victor L. Hoskins, the HUD D.C. Field Office, America’s Miss D.C. Sarah Elizabeth Hillware, and executive chef, Dwayne Hickman of the Reef restaurant in Dupont Circle. Celebrated artist and founder of Sage of Anacostia, Melani Douglass also presented and spoke about the importance of cleaning food prior to eating or cooking it and how it relates to good health and well-being. 

“Farmers Market: Food Desert” participants

“Farmers Market: Food Desert” participants help raise the awareness and importance of eating healthy and nutritious food at a D.C. farmers market. (Photo by Michael Megginson)

The program’s emphasis focused on the theme that parents and caregivers play a key role in promoting and teaching children the importance of making healthy choices in nutritious food.  Attendees received information about planning balanced meals using the USDA’s new healthy “My Plate” food portion initiative and resources on local health and wellness available in the District.  Event participants also enjoyed the opportunity to shop for local produce and foods from regional farmers. 

For more information or questions, contact HUD CFBNP Program Manager Gayela Bynum at Gayela.A.Bynum@hud.gov

Gayela Bynum is  Program Manager of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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