By: Pearl Stark, Soha Levert and Destiny Lloyd
Living in the Bay Area we have many farmers markets and stores that sell healthy foods, products, and more. However, only certain people have easy access to them. For many families living in West and East Oakland, California, liquor stores are the only accessible places to buy “food”. We choose to do our project on Food Deserts because our entire group was interested in environmental racism and food justice. We wanted to do something that currently effects our surrounding community and highlight the issue more personally to bring awareness.
The question we endeavored to address: What are the social, economic and health effects of food deserts in Oakland? Our question allowed us to approach the main effects that food deserts have on Oakland communities. For social impacts, we noted children going to school all day with only sugar and fats in their body’s, temporarily filling empty tummy’s. Economically, we researched families not having enough money to shop at health food stores or farmers markets, or to even be able to get to them. Lastly, for health, we examined the extremely high rate of diabetes in low income children and people of color.
Through out or research project we used several methods to address and better understand our topic. We used essays to define food deserts, and a narrative essay to show how someones real life experience could be effected by food deserts. We also created an satirical pastiche of the movie poster of the animated film Rango. Lastly we produced an original video about community gardens in Oakland and what benefits they offer local communities. We hope to shed some light on this issue, and spread awareness about food deserts.
No Real Food, Only Desserts : This essay defines what food deserts are and how they impact East and West Oakland communities.
Ms.Beverly’s Garden: This essay depicts a story about living in a West Oakland food desert.