Thursday, April 15, 2010

Healthy Food Fair Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 6:15 AM

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On Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., Grow Memphis will host the South Memphis Healthy Food Fair at LeMoyne-Owen College.

According to Josephine Williams, Grow Memphis coordinator, the event came about when she was contacted by Active Voice.

Active Voice, a group that uses media for social change, is sponsoring 30 screenings around the country of the documentary Food Inc. through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Ingredients for Change campaign.

The event sounded ideal for Grow Memphis, which is part of the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center and is dedicated to promoting equitable and accessible food to those who need it most.

Williams says that when Food Inc. came out that it was “preaching to the converted.” That is, that those who were likely to see the Oscar-nominated film had probably already been exposed to its message of how dire this America’s food system is to the economic and physical wellbeing of those living in this country.

Williams wanted to spark a discussion with those who are the “most affected with the least options” and thought of South Memphis. LeMoyne Owen College jumped on board to serve as the site of the fair. Other organizations, including Edible Memphis, the University of Tennessee Extension program, the Memphis Botanic Garden, and the YMCA quickly followed.

The event will include a cooking demo for a healthy an all-purpose pasta sauce, and during the screening, which will begin promptly at 1 p.m., kids, from ages 5 to 12, will have a number of activities to entertain them.

Because Grow Memphis has support from local organizations, there was money left over from the grant to rent an instant response system for the screening. Williams says that between the documentary’s chapters, audience members will be able to take polls about accessibility to grocery store or health issues and see the results of those polls immediately on-screen.

For more information on the fair, call 725-7858 or visit the center's website.

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