Working to establish a food secure community by ending food apartheid is generational work. That’s what we need to be about – to provide a way to heal the land and resource the people FOR health, safety, and well-being. For decades, amazing stewards across communities struggling to bridge the gaps on hunger have focused on food banks and pantries, providing meals at churches and shelters, starting meal delivery for seniors, and many other ways food is shared, served, and sold to benefit those who have a difficult time accessing food.
We are fortunate to have the support of Old Dominion University students who have engaged this work with the community in different capacities since 2020: Ifeoma Ogbozor, Quetel Sellers, Tierra Roberts, Rebecca Pacheco, Heather Higgins, Makayla Satterfield, Riley Leischner, and Kinsey Weaver.
Partnerships are essential to assess and design strategies that mutually-reinforce and leverage food and nutrition security. Partners understand how community food systems connect with chronic disease and health outcomes, and how the elimination of the food desert designation can improve life expectancy. As this project moves forward in Lackey, we are grateful for our partners and invite others to the table. There are always open seats! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Community Housing Partners
- York County Government
- Shiloh Baptist Church
- YCSD Sodexho
- Lackey Free Clinic
- Meals on Wheels
- Williamsburg Health Foundation
- USCG Training Center
- Yorktown NWS Chapel
- Lebanon Christian Church
- Peninsula Health District (VDH)
- Virginia Peninsula Food Bank
- York-Poquoson Social Services
- Community Grocery Mart and Deli
- EVMS Brock Institute
- Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula
- Old Dominion University
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation