That’s what the leaders of community gardens say.
“We all eat. We all make food memories. It’s a very important aspect of who we are,” says Susie Marshall. That aspect of food is very important to the community. It breaks down walls and breaks down barriers.”
Marshall is founder and executive director of GROW North Texas, an organization promoting sustainable local food production and healthy food access. It, in turn, is part of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions, which has six programs to help reduce hunger in the Dallas area.
The coalition helps promote meal programs in schools, working to bring food to Dallas schoolchildren and publicizing the summer lunch program. It helps coordinate food programs among faith communities and aids in helping communities organize.
The senior component helps older residents know if they are available for benefits such as SNAP and can help them apply. It also promotes local groups that provide group meals for older residents.
Urban agriculture — growing good food on bits of land in cities as a way of providing healthy food — also is part of the outreach.