WHAT: Warner, McEachin to host discussion on pervasive racial inequity in food insecurity
WHO: U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner - U.S. Rep. A. Donald McEachin - Del. Delores McQuinn - Del. Lamont Bagby -Representatives from local nonprofits and businesses
WHEN: Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Peter Paul Development Center - 1708 N 22nd St Richmond, VA
On Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Richmond, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) will host a discussion about expanding access to affordable, nutritious food in underserved urban communities. The town hall-style event will bring together federal and state policymakers, community activists, nonprofits and local business leaders to highlight inequalities in food access and learn more about local efforts to combat food insecurity in the Richmond area.
In Virginia, there are more than one million individuals living in food deserts – areas in which residents have difficulty finding affordable, healthy food. Studies have shown that this is a problem that disproportionately impacts people of color, with black and Hispanic neighborhoods much less likely to have large supermarkets, and far more likely to have small grocery stores with fewer options for fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods.
Sen. Warner and Rep. McEachin are leading sponsors of bipartisan legislation to help eliminate food deserts and increase access to healthy foods. The bicameral, bipartisan Healthy Food Access for all Americans Act (HFAAA) would create a system of tax credits and grants for businesses and nonprofits to expand access to nutritious foods in underserved communities.