100% of our produce goes directly to English Avenue residents on a bi-weekly basis through the Rev. Dr. Gerald Richardson Food Co-Op, a non-profit ministry run through the Lindsay Street Baptist Church (LSBC). The objective of the co-op is to ensure food security to 25 families who fall below the federal poverty guideline, with a philosophy centered around family involvement and community integration.
Our Urban Farms provide approximately 5,000 pounds of organic produce annually to Co-Op Members. Improving access to healthy food options is critically important to residents living in a federally designated food desert.
According to the USDA, “Food deserts are defined as urban neighborhoods without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. These communities are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.”
Members meet twice a month to receive canned foods from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and fresh seasonal produce from the Friends of English Avenue’s Urban Farm.
The Food Co-Op has also been approved to receive food from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the State Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for parents with children.
Below are some pictures of some of the produce Co-Op members receive on a bi-weekly basis.