Is healthy food accessible in Fargo-Moorhead?
For many places, it can be a struggle, but our local leaders are working to make sure everyone has access to locally grown food.
As Michael Dahl says, hunger hurts,and that's why the Cass Clay Food Commission held a public meeting at Fargo City Hall to give our community better access to better food.
They're saying healthy food is too far out of reach for low income people, which not only harms health, but also harms the economy.
"We spend about $2.8 billion dollars on obesity related health care costs in Minnesota. At least 900,000 residents including 200,000 children live in low income communities and they have insufficient access to grocery stores," Minnesota Food Charter Network Michael Dahl says.
But some say the solution is already here.
Our local growers say there's plenty of options for affordable, healthy, and locally grown food. You can grow your own, or head to your local farmers market. It tastes good to me.
"On some of our stuff, we're actually cheaper than the grocery store, if not, close. We try and stay fairly close to the same price, and for natural food, that's pretty awesome cause I know organic gets to be kind of expensive," said Tanya Reinke of Hildebrant’s Farmer's Market.
Tanya says eating healthy doesn't have to start from store shelves.
There are benefits to growing, and canning your own food for the winter.
"Cause then they know where it's coming from. Tastes better, for one, and it saves so much more money," Reinke says.
The local growers are saying our city has better access than most other places.
Commissioners in Fargo passed a farmer's market blueprint which reaffirms regulations to make selling easier.
"What would make it easier for farmers and vendors at markets, such as outlining the food laws better, canning laws," blueprint writer Joleen Baker says.
Leola Dual sets up her pop-up café around town, serving food made from locally grown ingredients.
"Everybody's welcome to come and eat no matter your ability to pay, and so we have pay what you can pricing, and basically it's a donation, we don't have prices on the menu," Leola Dual says.
There are about 10 farmer's markets which open in the FM area during the summer, and some even accept SNAP benefits.