Dallas Morning News Letter to the Editor, Dec. 30, 2021
Re: "Seeing solutions to inequality - Grant program brings fresh produce to food deserts, vulnerable areas," Monday Metro Story
Kudos to my daily paper staff, and specifically staff writer Charles Scudder, for bringing to all of us a story of hope that problems have solutions. Who knew?
Because of this story, I found out there are six (eight more to come next year) community gardens in our city, all south of Interstate 30. They bring goodm healthy food to areas which are food deserts and which have high rates of obesity and diabetes, chronic conditions often driven by poor diet.
Our much-maligned government (state and county health departments) funded these gardens by "mini-grants" from our tax dollars ($17,000 this year, $24,000 slated for 2022.) A local nonprofit (Grow Garden Grow) run by community heroine Kim Aman gives these gardens life. The best part: elementary school kid volunteers (and adults) learn about peppers, mustard greens, kale, and chard. Lives are changed.
Thanks, Dallas Morning News, for reminding me that there is light in the darkness. I needed that. - Mike Holloway, Downtown Dallas resident