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#52tuesdays: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council

Written by Addie Rising    on May 16, 2017    in

Did you know that in many of our neighborhoods, more than 1 in 3 families with children regularly experience food insecurity, meaning that they don't always know where their next meal is coming from?

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy CouncilThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council (CMFPC) advocates for healthy, sustainable food for all of Mecklenburg County's citizens and works to bring attention to issues like food insecurity and areas of our city without access to fresh fruits and vegetables or full service grocery stores. Over 72,000 Charlotteans live in areas with little or no access to healthy food.

CMFPC also works within the community and runs the FoodCorps program in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to bring nutrition, cooking, and gardening classes to students in Title I schools. 

Last fall, CMFPC was excited to participate in #GivingTuesdayCLT for the first time and took advantage of the Give Shop to help get our FoodCorps service members much needed equipment to help them teach their cooking and gardening classes. They also found a few new volunteers who are now working with students in the classroom and the garden. CMFPC is currently raising funds to cover costs for FoodCorps in the 2017-2018 school year.

"We appreciate SHARE Charlotte bringing attention to the great work FoodCorps is doing to bring fresh, healthy food to kids in some of our most high-need neighborhoods," Executive Director Erin Brighton said. 

Do you want to get involved with CMFPC? They need a social media intern and someone to volunteer on the kids cooking team at Barringer Academic Center.