Cincinnati Must Solve Our Food Desert Crisis

Matt Teaford – Candidate for Cincinnati City Council

 

Here in America, you’d think it would be easy to find nourishment in most neighborhoods surrounding major cities, but that’s not the case. Instead, it’s always easy to find fast food and liquor stores, but rarely can you find supermarkets and fresh produce in many inner-city neighborhoods. In these same areas, many of the children and families worry about having food on the table and many suffer from the effects of undernourishment as a result.

Recent cuts in human services and education from both the state and federal levels only aid in increasing the threat of childhood and family hunger in my home city of Cincinnati. Currently, we face 11 neighborhoods with food deserts and no plan to address the issue. One such food desert used to be in Clifton, but was recently resolved with the opening of Clifton Market – a neighborhood co-op that was invested in by the area’s residents. Today, there are shoppers whom use Clifton Market on a regular basis for their groceries, and it’s been an incredible journey to watch.

With that being said, there are a ton of neighbors within Clifton whom don’t live below or at the poverty line and have the luxury of being able to invest in a co-op like this. There’s no getting around the fact that many of the neighborhoods where food deserts exist are already battling systematic poverty, so it’s hard to imagine them being able to spare the necessary resources to get off the ground. We need to get creative.

My proposed solution involves providing heavy tax incentives for companies whom choose to open shop in these food deserts, creating more sprawling urban gardens which are backed by city redevelopment, allocating resources to human services and food pantries, and also offering incentives or matching power to those neighborhoods that would like to follow suit in creating a co-op like Clifton Market. When there’s a serious threat to the quality of life of the innocent and downtrodden in our city, we have no choice but to act.

While we can’t guarantee that no one in our city will go to bed hungry at night, especially our children, we can make sure that we are doing everything we can to make sure that the future of our city is one with a generation of children whom had the opportunity to succeed and didn’t become victims to the harsh effects of undernourishment. I will do everything in my power to combat this issue and I hope you’ll join me in doing the same.

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