Growing food for hungry citizens in Hernando County
Access to healthy food can be difficult around the world, and here in the Tampa Bay area. A workshop will address the growing hunger problem in Hernando County.
The plan is to create awareness of the unsettling poverty situation in Hernando and other counties in Florida. According to Green World Path Inc., a large number of people in Hernando especially are struggling because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families. Dori Bon, Outreach Coordinator for Green World Path says helping to grow healthy food will greatly support hurting families in the area.
âHernando County was the hungriest county, hungrier people, in the whole state and that shook me up. I had worked on a homeless coalition when I was attending college. We did a count and there were literally thousands of people who were homeless at that point and it has progressively gotten worse. We have a community garden here in Hernando County that a lot of people donât even realize that its hereâ¦and our own county is going hungry.â
Bon recognizes this opportunity to make a significant difference in reducing hunger. The class is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to get involved in the movement to grow all natural, healthy foods for hungry citizens.
âWe find that there is a huge need for it and thatâs why were opening the doors for this. We want to kick it off and invite anybody and everybody that is willing and wanting to learn to come. Weâd like to have preachers, church groups, weâd like to have corporations; anybody thatâs involved and has an interest in that, homeless coalition groups, colleges, and we need volunteers. We have to start somewhereâ¦why not in the hungriest county in Florida?â
With food prices high, itâs difficult for some people to afford what they need to survive. This is a growing issue, involving not only Florida, but the whole world.
âWeâve got a world shortage of food. This shortage of food is being picked up as business and a lot of businesses are keeping the food high. So itâs very difficult for ends to meet all over.â
Bon says the goal is to get other organizations and churches hooked and then begin the project by growing food for people in need.
âWe are going to start educating on building soils to the main mission groups like the churches, community gardens, activist groups, etc. Then from there, they teach. Weâll take it right from the seed to harvesting. You can grow food anywhere, you can grow right in your backyard, grow it through minis able parks, anywhere as long as itâs open to do so. Thereâs no reason Florida should be hungry at all.â
Growing Food for Hernando Countyâs Hungry takes place next Monday morning at 9 in Brooksville.comments powered by Disqus