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Join community experts to talk about food needs, enjoy a free meal

June 23, 2010

We’re learning more all the time about issues such as “food deserts,” where fresh foods are not easily available, even in urban areas. Thanks to a panel next week at the UAB School of Public Health, you can learn more from community experts who will be part of a panel discussion on food awareness, availability and access. And dinner is free, starting at 5:15 p.m., with a selection of vegetables and fruits.

On the panel will be Rev. Sally Allocca of East Lake United Methodist Church, also the executive director of P.E.E.R. Inc., an organization that helps to supply fresh foods to senior adults in the area; Sam Crawford, Director of Business Growth for Main Street Birmingham, who is working with the food desert survey; Ama Shambulia, Program Director of West End Community Gardens, a project of Community Church without Walls and Urban Ministries; Amanda Storey, Project Coordinator of Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with matching grants from the Community Foundation and the Jefferson County Department of Health, and Paulette Van Matre, executive director of Magic City Harvest. Frank Franklin, Professor Emeritus of Public Health at UAB, will moderate the discussion.

Join the crowd for “Food Insecurity in Birmingham: Community Leaders Rising to the Challenge” on Wednesday, June 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ryals Building #407, 1665 University Blvd., part of the UAB School of Public Health. Registration is limited to 75 participants, so RSVP by June 25 to Christal Montgomery.

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