By Laura Smith, TLC Volunteer
Triangle Land Conservancy is working with local groups in an innovative way to try to solve Durham’s hunger problem. Sponsors Transition Durham, Recyclique/ComunEcos, Inter-faith Food Shuttle, Society of St. Andrew, Bread for the World-Durham Chapter, Urban Ministries of Durham, and Durham Congregations in Action are sponsoring four events in the coming month in which they hope new ideas will emerge for fighting the area’s hunger problem.
How big of a problem is hunger in Durham? According to Betsy Crites of Transition Durham 51,500 or 19 percent of the people in Durham are food insecure, 13,570 of which are children. Food insecure is defined as having limited or uncertain availability of nutritiously adequate and safe food.
At the first event, on Friday June 19, the documentary “A Place at the Table” will be shown. You can watch the film's trailed below. The film makes the connection between obesity and poverty and explains how the whole food system leads to food insecurity. This will be followed by a presentation by the Durham chapter of Bread for the World.
Subsequent events will include presentations by and discussions with a UNC professor of anthropology, the Durham Farm Food Network and the Durham County Health Department as well as the sponsoring organizations.
Members of the general public who are interested in hunger or food insecurity issues in the area are welcomed to these free events. To register and for more information, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-hunger-in-durham-understanding-the-problem-tickets-17185623663?aff=es2