On Tuesday November 5th, residents and business owners of Elliot Park Neighborhood came together to discuss food access in the community and hear from the Food Solutions team, which has been researching the issue for nearly a year. Those in attendance learned about the research and data we’ve collected and recommendations for consideration. The Food Solutions Team has focused on possibilities to bring fresh, affordable, healthy food into Elliot Park, a noted desire of the community.
Good Grocer, Hampden Park Co-Op, Fare for All, and Twin Cities Mobile Market were featured in the presentation, emphasizing the difference between a brick-and-mortar store and mobile food drops and how they operate in other communities. View that presentation here! It was also recommended that the neighborhood consider the potential of both a long and short term solution, something less costly and permanent than a store but with similar offerings. The audience weighed in on the recommendations and posed questions about their cost, logistics, timeliness, and how the team would proceed. The team will use their feedback to guide research and action plans as they continue into the new year.
As momentum is building around the concept of food access in Elliot Park, the Food Solutions Team will continue to meet and engage with neighbors to bring food to the community. Elliot Park deserves food and with this meeting, it became clear that people around the neighborhood are interested, passionate, and hungry for food justice. Want to get updates on the Food Solutions work? Sign up on our website!
We have also been featured by the StarTribune! Read the article here!