CHARLOTTE, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Mecklenburg County Commissioners receive an update on their food safety initiatives tonight, and Chairman George Dunlap says it will be one of the main highlights of their meeting .
The county has worked for years to address food insecurity, but accelerated its efforts when the Public Health Department reported that nearly 15% of households in Mecklenburg County are considered food insecure.
Mecklenburg County then created an interactive online food resource map, provided SNAP/EBT benefits at farmers’ markets, and is in the process of creating more community gardens.
“When all you have in your community is a convenience store, they’re unlikely to have zucchini or cabbage or some of the other vegetables that people eat on a regular basis,” Dunlap said. “And so what we’re trying to do is close that gap so that people have access, through bus transportation, to the facilities or, you know, some type of transportation, so that the people are not deprived of the opportunity to have fresh fruits and vegetables.
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Dunlap said tonight’s meeting will update the board on how efforts to address food insecurity have been going and what additional steps could be taken to help address the issue.
“For a long time, Mecklenburg County has worked on food insecurities, food deserts and things of that nature,” Dunlap explained. “And so, we have this opportunity to partner with another organization that is going to develop a program to help with that in Mecklenburg County.”