Healthy Food Saves Lives

“Helping the Community’s Hungriest Neighbors”

A Local Voices Column in the May 3, 2019, Dayton Daily News

By Ambassador Tony Hall

It doesn’t say “hunger” on the death certificate, but our neighbors are suffering and even dying from lack of access to healthy food.  

In Guatemala, I met children who lived on mostly corn, a plentiful food source but with limited nutritional value. They got enough calories but no variety in their diet and suffered from lack of fresh fruits and vegetables.  When compared with children who lived in a nearby city with access to better food, these children were malnourished and much less healthy.

Sadly, we see some similar health disparities here in Montgomery County.

  • In recent county health rankings, Montgomery County was 80th out of 88 counties in Ohio for premature deaths...

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What we know.

Fresh, nutritious food is vital to health. While that is common sense, we see more ad more evidence of how lack of access to healthy food is a dangerous situation which leads to debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases. Tens of thousands of Montgomery County residents are at increased risk of suffering from preventable disease; simply because they do not have access to the right food. Your zip cod should not determine your health or longevity, but that is the reality for too many of our neighbors.

What can you do?

First, learn more about the connection between food, health, and inequity. Then, make a difference.

One way to drive change is to support the Gem City Market, the locally owned and operated cooperative (co-op). Gem City Market is expected to open in 2020 to bring fresh, local food to one part of our "food desert". It will be a starting point to serve as a model for more locally owned stores to bloom in our underserved neighborhoods. You can support Gem City Market by becoming a member, attending meetings, and spreading the word to encourage people you know to become members too. 

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Another way you can make a difference is by volunteering to provide much needed assistance with our food partners. They work endlessly with limited resources to provide healthy food for our most vulnerable populations. While our goals are not for folks to rely on assistance to meet the hunger needs of their families, we do need address those that are hungry today. Our government partners long-term economical goals to increase food securitywill take more time to implement than folks can wait for fresh food.

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