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Recruitment was a crucial element in the Healthy Corner Stores project. Not only did we have to recruit stores to be a part of our project, but we also had to recruit locations to support the distribution of our survey.

Since the survey is targeted toward residents of Miami Gardens, it was best to contact areas easily accessible to the residents, such as grocery stores, libraries, and health centers.

With a target of 5000 respondents, I was eager to contact as ma...

On a warm September morning in 2019, I joined some members of the food system community in north Florida during the North Florida Crop-Up event hosted by Feeding Florida to discuss ways to get fresh, local produce on dinner tables in our areas. Partners like Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Fresh From Florida and Food Recovery Program, UF-IFAS’s Family Nutrition Program, Red Hills Online Farmers Markets, Frenchtown Farmers Market, Florida Farmers...

This past month, we took a huge step forward in our Healthy Corner Stores project in Miami Gardens. Not only have we completed our survey of food stores in the city and started our individual food environmental survey for residents, but we have now also started recruiting stores to the project. For this, Trudy (our President/CEO), Shirbrina (our summer intern), Tracy (representing Miami Gardens), and I spent an entire day visiting all of our target stores.

Of the more tha...

Last month, as we anxiously awaited the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Florida, we were told to stock up on medications, non-perishable items, gas, batteries, and water. This created a flurry of activity at grocery stores and gas stations.

But what about those of us who don’t have money to stock up? What about those whose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds/food stamps have been exhausted? What about the frail and the elderly who may not get their meal...

Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson and ten other members of the Florida Congressional delegation sent a letter (view here) to Gov. Rick Scott asking him to take steps to ensure that Floridians have adequate access to food after Hurricane Irma. The group asked the governor to seek additional assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to further meet the needs of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens during this time. You can read the Press Release from Rep. L...

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