Raleigh Food Corridor: How This Grassroots Effort Is Growing
Food Action Board on the Raleigh Food Corridor
The Raleigh Food Corridor, a community-sourced project along two miles of Blount and Person Streets linking diverse communities through local food, is a vibrant and growing effort. Community Food Lab shared news of the recent strategic planning; some highlights are:
- The focus of the Corridor is to create healthy neighborhood environments through gardens and and food projects.
- The Raleigh Food Corridor will create healthy neighborhood environments primarily by coordinating the efforts of entities along the corridor, including nonprofits, businesses, churches and other groups.
- Coordinated action will be led by a coalition of partners: Community Food Lab, the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation and a Leadership Council.
- There are a number of indicators for success of this work, including number of gardens, attendance at events, health impacts, walkability, usage of vacant lots, and others.
A variety of activities are happening along the Food Corridor, including Food Action Board kiosks. The kiosks post questions and reports and provide an opportunity for the community to be involved and to share their local food events and announcements.
Grow Raleigh, Greenscape and Community Food Lab are also partnering with the Raleigh Food Corridor on a pilot project, City Fruit, to plant 30 fruit trees in the Prince Hall and South Park neighborhoods along the Corridor. Yard signs have been given to recipients, and plans are in place for early November planting.
Second Saturday, a monthly celebration of local food and community along the Corridor, continues through Oct. 10.