ConnectOC Blog

Families Landlocked in Food Deserts

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 6/16/2014

By Shelley Hoss

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community.  We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below

Many low-income families lack basic access to healthy food options.

For many Orange County commuters, stopping to buy a bottle of water or a snack from a convenience store is a time-saver. Yet for too many families living in low-income communities, the neighborhood convenience or liquor store is the closest thing to a grocery store they’ll find. 

With limited access to transportation, they are forced to shop among the few aisles of pre-packaged foods, processed snacks and sugary beverages at whatever storefronts are within walking distance. It may seem affordable at first, but it’s no way to feed growing children who need access to nutritious foods daily. 

These families live in what the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as a “food desert.” 

Across the country and right here in Orange County, these communities do not have ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. Think of the difference between the fare at fast-food chains and convenience stores compared with grocery stores and farmers markets. The resulting poor diet can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. 

The Orange County Department of Education estimates that nearly one-third of households in the county struggle with food insecurity, putting schools in the position of not only educating students, but also providing them essential nutrition in the one to two meals they serve on school days. 

“Hungry kids can’t concentrate,” explains Dareen Abdrabou, program coordinator for obesity education and prevention programs with the Orange County Department of Education. “Food is fuel. It fuels every part of the body, including the brain. That’s why schools give students breakfast, and we always tell students to eat before exams.” 

But what happens when students leave campus? Abdrabou points to community organizations, such as the Community Action Partnership, that complement the efforts of school districts to nourish hungry kids. 

“Parents in food deserts have to worry about putting food on the table. They often have to make the choice between paying the rent or buying groceries,” said Mark A. Lowry, director of the OC Food Bank, a program of Community Action Partnership of Orange County. “So children in these communities often eat calorie-dense food that is more affordable but lacking proper nutrition.”

And that is something the Community Action Partnership is addressing with its Farm to Families program, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 10,000 school‐age children in low-income neighborhoods and schools in Orange County monthly. In addition to 5-pound fresh produce bags that go home with students, Community Action Partnership collaborates with the Orange County Department of Education to provide nutrition education and classroom activities that extend to the families and their households.  

In 2013, Community Action Partnership distributed nearly 2 million pounds of produce through the Farm to Family program. Lowry has a goal of distributing more than 3 million pounds this year, which would let more children choose strawberries, carrots or broccoli over pizza, hot dogs and candy. 

“The letters children send us is my favorite part of the program,” Lowry said. “They are so excited to be getting fresh fruits and vegetables. We even have classrooms of students making us ‘thank you’ posters.”

To learn more about the Community Action Partnership and other nonprofits fighting hunger in Orange County, visit ocnonprofitcentral.org.

________________________________________________________

Shelley Hoss is president of the Orange County Community Foundation. She can be reached at shoss@oc-cf.org.

We invite you to comment on the blog below or use the social media icons to share on your networks.

[PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments


Post Your Comment
 
1000 characters left

Name
Email
Website  
captcha

Add Comment
Showing 1 - 25 of 84 Sort by
facebook helpline number
Report | Reply
This is such a great resource that you are providing and you it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value.
instagram search
Report | Reply
This is additionally a decent post which I truly delighted in perusing. It is only one out of every odd day that I have the likelihood to see something like this
DELL SUPPORT
Report | Reply
nice post
webroot helpline number
Report | Reply
Contact Webroot Helpline Number for customer service and technical support on Antivirus, Internet Security and other software. just dial to Call us +1-888-274-2621 webroot help and get complete webroot tech support with our certified technicians.
brother support number
Report | Reply
Brother printer support, service phone number to solve issues like; driver installation, setup & configuration etc. for laser and wireless both printers. Call now brother printer toll-free number +1 888-274-2621
http://bother-printer-support.net/
Canon Helpline Number
Report | Reply
Nice. Very useful information for readers that you have shared. Keep posting like this.
Hp Printer Help
Report | Reply
Excellent blog very nice and unique information related to Beclovent. Thanks for sharing this information.
Tinder
Report | Reply
Very nice post. Thanks for sharing.
Hp Laptop Support
Report | Reply
This is useful information. I am finding there some interested blogs Thanks for sharing.
Toshiba Laptop Support
Report | Reply
Nice Blog and Great article…its always working for me well…Keep going !
Lenovo Laptops Support
Report | Reply
Happy Blogging Nice Post on Blogs.Thank you sharing for them.
شركات جلي رخام بسيهات
Report | Reply
https://cleanmethaly.com.sa/plain-company-tile-bis sehat
شركات مكافحة النمل الابيض بسيهات
Report | Reply
https://cleanmethaly.com.sa/termite-control-compan y-bissehat
شركات تنظيف مجالس بسيهات
Report | Reply
https://cleanmethaly.com.sa/clean-councils-seihat- company
شركات تنظيف كنب بسيهات
Report | Reply
https://cleanmethaly.com.sa/sofa-cleaning-company- seihat
شركات تسليك مجاري بسيهات
Report | Reply
https://cleanmethaly.com.sa/wiring-ducts-seihat-co mpany
شركات تنظيف فلل بسيهات
Report | Reply
https://cleanmethaly.com.sa/clean-seihat-villas-co mpany
شركات تنظيف شقق بسيهات
Report | Reply
https://cleanmethaly.com.sa/apartments-seihat-clea ning-company
شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل
Report | Reply
شركة نقل عفش واثاث بالدمام ابيات الشرقيه لخدمات نقل العفش والاثاث بالدمام
http://abyath.net/ شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
http://abyath.net/news/de tails/transfere-furniture-khobar-dammam-company.ht ml نقل عفش بالخبر
http://abyath.net/news/details/company-transfere-furniture-dammam-2017.html شركة نقل اثاث الدمام
http://abyath.net/news/details/furniture-transfere-dammam-now.html نقل عفش الدمام
http://abyath.net/news/details/dammam-all-company-transfere-furniture.html نقل عفش بالدمام
ان اردت نقل عفش منزلك بالدمام ابيات الشرقية من اهم شركات نقل العفش بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والقطيف والاحساء
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
Report | Reply
http://www.domyate.com/2015/08/30/furniture-transp ort-company-in-almadinah شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة ا لمنورة
http://www.domyate.com/2016/06/05/tran sfer-furniture-medina-almonawara شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
http://www.domyate.com/2016/06/05/transfer-furniture-mecca شركة نقل عفش بمكة < br/>http://www.domyate.com/2016/06/05/transfer-fur niture-riyadh شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
http://w ww.domyate.com/2016/06/05/transfer-furniture-jedda h شركة نقل عفش بجدة
http://www.domyate.com/2016/06/05/transfer-furniture-taif شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
http://www.domyate.com/2016/06/05/tra nsfer-furniture-yanbu شركة نقل عفش بينبع
ht tp://www.domyate.com/2016/07/02/transfer-furniture -dammam شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
http://www.domyate.com شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
Report | Reply
http://emc-mee.com/blog.html
http://emc-mee.com/tanks-cleaning-company-jeddah.html
http: //emc-mee.com/water-leaks-detection-isolate-compan y-dammam.html
http://emc-mee.com/anti-insects-company-dammam.html
http://emc-mee.com/tanks-cleaning-company-jeddah.html
http://emc-mee.com/
http://emc-mee.com/movers-in-riyadh-company.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-jeddah.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-dammam.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-almadina-almonawara.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-taif.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-mecca.h tml
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-yanbu.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-buraydah.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-alkharj.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-qassim.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-khamis-mushait.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-tabuk.html
http://emc-mee.com/transfer-furniture-abha.ht ml
شركة نقل عفش بجدة
Report | Reply
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-hafr-albat in.html
http://jumperads.com/price-transfer-furniture-mecca.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-mecca-2017.html
http://jumperads.com/how-transfer-furniture-mecca.html
http://jumperads.com/all-company-transfer-fu rniture-mecca.html
http://jumperads.com/best-company-transfer-furniture-mecca.html
http ://jumperads.com/price-transfer-furniture-jeddah.h tml
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-jeddah-2017.html
http://jumperads.com/how-transfer-furniture-jeddah.html
http://ju mperads.com/all-company-transfer-furniture-jeddah. html
http://jumperads.com/best-company-transfer-furniture-jeddah.html
http://jumperads.com/price-transfer-furniture-yanbu.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-yanbu-20 17.html
http://jumperads.com/how-transfer-furniture-yanbu.html
http://jumperads.com/all-company-transfer-furniture-yanbu.html
http://jumperads.com/best-company-transfer-furnitu re-yanbu.html
شركة نقل عفش بمكة
Report | Reply
http://jumperads.com/
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-riyadh.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-jeddah.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-dammam.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-medina-a lmonawara.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-taif.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-mecca.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-yanbu.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-in-najran.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-in-khami s-mushait.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-abha.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-buraydah.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-qassim.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-tabuk.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-hail.htm l
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-dammam-khobar.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-ahsa.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-qatif.html
http://jumperads.com/transfer-furniture-jubail.html
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
Report | Reply
الشرق الاوسط افضل شركة نقل عفش بالدمام شركة نقل عفش بالخبر شركة نقل عفش بالجبيل شركة نقل عفش بالقطيف تنظيف كنب بالدمام تنظيف كنب بالخبر
http://goo.gl/iAJsRz شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام http://www.east-eldmam.com نقل عفش بالدمام http://goo.gl/qga5YC شركة نقل عفش بالخبر http://goo.gl/Vv4Sp9 شركة نقل العفش بالخبر http://goo.gl/52zZFy نقل العفش بالدمام
http://goo.gl/VgTwlW شركة نقل عفش بالجبيل http://goo.gl/SHZHnV http://goo.gl/1kXTpJ شركات نقل العفش بالدمام والخبر
http://goo.gl/DuLCNP http://goo.gl/iksDnr http://goo.gl/Etnu4A http://goo.gl/x3BKPU http://goo.gl/hAu2Pm http://goo.gl/7VW8I5 http://goo.gl/3NkrF1
شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام
Report | Reply
شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام التفاؤل شركة نقل اثاث بالخبر كما انها افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل نقل عفش واثاث بالجبيل والخبر والقطيف والدمام
http://www.tfa2ol.com/naklasas.html شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام
http://www.tfa2ol.com/naklafsh.html شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل
http://www.tfa2ol.com/ نقل عفش بالقطيف
       1   2   3