The Roots of Southern Cuisines Festival Tributes Black History, Distributes Veggies in Food Desert

Shown are volunteers: Marian Parsons, 2022-2023 Royal International Miss Florida Teen - volunteer; Sarah Solomon, giveaway recipient; Rosemary Jynx, giveaway recipient; Victoria Gentry, 2022-2023 Miss Senior Diva - volunteer
Amazon and Altar’d State spent the weekend giving back at White Harvest Farms during its 2nd annual food festival, “The Roots of Southern Cuisine Food Festival.” The festival was hosted at White Harvest Farms in Historic Moncrief Springs, a neighborhood considered to be a food desert.
Vendors and employees from corporate sponsors showed up to volunteer and collaborate with the Mission for this community outreach event. More than 200 people were fed hot meals for free. In total, both businesses donated $14,500 to the Clara White Mission. The mission was also able to donate fresh produce and dry goods to seniors in need.
In 2019, the City of Jacksonville commissioned a Food Desert Study for this area and reported that 38 percent of census tracts in Northwest Jacksonville were food deserts, compared to 23 percent for the entire city.
White Harvest Farms is located in an area where 41 percent of residents live below the poverty level. These food giveaways are an effort to provide access to healthy food for low-income, low access area.

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