Friday, June 21, 2013

All of our Neighbors Deserve 'A Place at the Table"


On Sunday evening, at 7:15 pm, I'll be the guest of Watermark Community Church for their 'Hunger Month'. Watermark, where Tod Wagner is Senior Pastor, will sponsor a number of service opportunities to alleviate and call attention to food insecurity and hunger in our community.

I and Texas Hunger Initiative's Marc Jacobson will be joining Minister Jeff Webb for a screening of the documentary 'A Place at the Table', with actor Jeff Bridges and Food Network's chef Tom Colicchio.

The extent of hunger in a prosperous city like Dallas, is often overlooked, or it is assumed that food pantries and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly 'food stamps'), are sufficient sources of food in poor neighborhoods. Unfortunately that's far from the case. To talk about hunger and food insecurity is to talk about more than a scarcity of food, it is to talk about illnesses like obesity and diabetes related to food deserts and food swamps (neighborhoods where fast food restaurants outnumber establishments that sell fresh, healthy and nutritious foods and meals. It's to talk about work productivity, student achievement, health care disparities, economic development and even national security.

CitySquare is working hard to address this issue, with our food pantry that distributes nearly 2 million pounds of food a year, served 20,000 meals just last week with our 'Food on the Move' program and our own advocacy to get the Dallas Farmers' Market to accept SNAP cards, as well as more grocery stores in food deserts.

Hunger is a solvable problem and we need serious committed partners to work with us. We're proud to have Watermark as a CitySquare partner and I look forward to joining them Sunday night. Hope you can make it...


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