Living In A Food Desert

We are thrilled to have Parker Watts guest blogging today. Thank you Parker for planning this event and we hope to see everyone out there!


Each day, almost 1.5 million Virginians face food insecurity or struggle to access fresh and healthy food. In a state with a $70 billion agricultural industry, an unbelievable number of people struggle to put healthy food on their plates. Living in a Food Desert is a film produced by Virginia State University’s Jesse Vaughn that shines a light on Virginia’s rising problem of food deserts and the movements being made to solve it.

On March 31st from 2-4 P.M. the Black History Museum will host a screening of Living in a Food Desert as well as a post screening discussion with Duron Chavis of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. An expert on food deserts, Chavis has seen all sides of the issue ranging from establishing the McDonough Community Garden to serving on the Richmond Food Policy Task Force. Recently named the Richmond Times Dispatch’s Person of the Year, Chavis serves as the manager of the Lewis Ginter Urban Gardens Program working to incorporate social justice and community trust into his programs.

This event is a Capstone Project created by Parker Watts, a senior in the James River Center for Leadership and International Relations. She became interested in food deserts and food justice after working with the Community Food Collaborative to create a school garden at Lucille Brown Elementary School. Admission to this event will be free and includes admission to the museum. Please reserve your seat and learn how you can help address this issue.

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Arielle Goldman