Charlottesville City Councilors Receive an Update on the Food Equity Initiative
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - On Monday night, Charlottesville City Councilors got some insight into how the city will get fed in the future. Councilors received an update on the Food Equity Initiative through a report during the meeting.
For the past year, the initiative has worked with several programs and departments to find the cause of food insecurity and address it. On Monday night, some long-term solutions were presented.
The Charlottesville Food Justice Network, under the direction of city council, led a city planning process. It says one of the biggest solutions is for community members to grow food in their own communities and give it away to those who may be struggling.
The network also wants to have more affordable food spaces throughout the city and get healthy food items into schools. One in two kids are on free or reduced lunch and one in six kids are struggling with food insecurity in Charlottesville.
"I feel like every systemic effort sustainability is hard. For us sustainability is more rooted in partnership building collaboration, being able to go after large grants together,” said Shantell Bingham, Charlottesville Food Justice Network.
Some of the next steps will be to launch a program to allow more people to get involved and creating more places locally that offer healthy choices. The next step moving forward is to come up with a resolution for the initiative.
Councilors will then vote to approve a budget for the project. The goal is to have that completed by the end of this year.