Food Crisis In Detroit

You read “Food Crisis in Detroit” and what comes to your mind?

Where I live I can get to at least 5 grocery stores in a matter of 5 minutes.  I even have 5 small “convenience stores” around 5 minutes away or less.

In Motown that is not the case.  There is an underserved  market.  Stats also bear this out.  According to the Wall Street Journal retailers headed out of town to the burbs and aren’t coming back any time soon (read article here).

“No national grocery chain operates a store here. A lack of outlets that sell fresh produce and meat has led the United Food and Commercial Workers union and a community group to think about building a grocery store of its own.”

For the stores left in Motown expired food is a huge problem (read article here).

Many residents rely on convenience stores for bread, milk, eggs and snacks. Small stores that do offer meat and produce often sell food past its expiration date, shoppers said. The city has raided stores over the years to crack down on sales of expired food, but many say the problem still persists.

Ladies can you imagine not having a Costco, Meijer, or Wal-mart type warehouse store close?  Some may think they lived out on the PRAIRIE if that was the case, but it is a real dynamic in Motown.

Many people in Detroit buy the bulk of their foods at liquor/convenience stores.  Lack of good public transportation,  the poor not having automobiles and a general lack of care about what people put in their bodies is a major issue to why people don’t eat healthy.  To get good produce you need to get to the burbs.
So what do we do?  How can Restore help in this crisis?
Central Detroit Christian is showing many people that with a little hard work and love for your community you can make a difference.
CDC has started a small business called Peaches and Greens in the North End neighborhood.
They have some measurable objectives:

1. To provide access to low-cost fruits and vegetables through a produce truck and store which are clean and safe.

2. To teach gardening and food development to children and teens through the development and nurturing of an urban garden(s) in the community.

3. To empower local gardeners to become vendors to the produce market thereby earning income from their gardening.

4. To develop the advocacy skills of community teens to clean up liquor stores to make them more community and family friendly, and providing fresh produce.

5. To educate teens to teach healthy cooking and personal well-being classes to interested residents utilizing produce.

The Grio did an article on Peaches and Greens and has a video along with an article that explains a little of what they do.

We are hoping to upon arrival in Motown to work with Peaches & Greens and get some training and pointers from them and see what God will have us do in our community.  Lisa Johanon has been a  bright spot in her community and has set up a team of people to be advocates for the poor.  Lisa spent some time with us in February when we made our trip and seeing her resolve and love for her community was infectious.

Matthew 25: 34-40 Jesus talks about helping the “least of these brothers” you did it unto me.

John 6: 35 is what we really want to be about.  Sharing the “bread” that satisfies eternally and a “water” that will never let you go dry.

Sharing “peaches and greens” will help people physically, and that is what we want to do, but we also want to share the “bread and water” so that they are satisfied in Jesus the true food.

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