On Saturday, we attended the DC Grocery Walk, a demonstration for food justice. In Ward 8, where the demonstration took place, there is only 1 grocery store to feed more than 70,000 residents. We gathered at that store and walked 2 miles to our rally point, symbolizing the effort that too many of our neighbors expend just to buy groceries. This lack of access to healthy food is a public health issue that leads to diet-related chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
I began learning about food justice issues in DC via Rooting DC, an annual urban gardening forum hosted by DC Greens. Likewise, the resource fair at the end of the Grocery Walk was educational, highlighting opportunities to contribute. Lately, I have been volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank's (CAFB) urban demonstration garden.
Both DC Greens and CAFB are partner organizations for the DC Grocery Walk. Even more food justice organizations are listed on DUG Network, including those working to improve access to healthy food, those that offer food assistance for people in need, and those that advocate for the rights of food workers.
Jason (left) and Amelia (right) at the start of the DC Grocery Walk. Many more photos and videos from the event are available through Twitter's #dcfoodjustice. Read more about the DC Grocery Walk at WAMU and WTOP.