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The People's Grocery

Middle, Secondary

Description

This film takes students to Oakland California, a low income, minority community where the primary shopping options consist of liquor stores, convenience stores and fast-food restaurants.  Without the means to travel outside their neighbourhoods to larger grocery stores, this food desert provides families with limited food access and unhealthy food choices.  To help improve living conditions in this area, the People's Grocery was developed as a non-profit project that grows and distributes fresh produce while involving citizens in urban agriculture.  As pupils learn how this local food program has improved the well-being of Oakland residents, they will understand how ordinary people can help make our world healthier and more sustainable through education, advocacy and community involvement.

General Assessment

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This resource supports Grade 6-9 curriculum from a range of subject areas that explores human rights, social justice, poverty and the links between food access, nutrition and health.  Students also learn how empowerment through citizen engagement creates more equitable, sustainable communities.

The video also provides an introduction to a community based action project that could be easily replicated globally.  A class might consider creating their own community garden on school grounds.  The organization "Whole Kids" also has a "Farm to School" program that provides financial support and resources for projects that involve local farmers in providing fresh produce to schools.  Students, staff and community members learn about growing, cooking and preserving vegetables and fruit while increasing the availability of nutritious food for local families.  Information about this program can be found here.

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Themes Addressed

Citizenship (1)

  • Community-Building and Participation

Food & Agriculture (2)

  • Food Security
  • Local Food

Human Health & Environment (1)

  • Hunger and Malnutrition