Faith-based Advocacy: Galvanizing Communities to End Childhood Obesity
Faith & Food: Avondale Churches Advocating for Food Access Policies
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has joined with 21 faith-based coalitions across the country to prevent childhood obesity by increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity through community advocacy.
The Center is mobilizing an existing faith-based coalition to advance City of Cincinnati policies to improve the availability of affordable, healthy foods in Avondale. The project will build off of a community food assessment and the establishment of church-sponsored community gardens to engage the community in actions that inform land use policies to improve the food environment.
Partner churches are:
• Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
• Southern Baptist Church
• Zion Baptist Church
Food Access Task Force
The Food Access Task Force was appointed by Vice Mayor, David Crowley, Chair of the Health Committee and Council Member Laketa Cole, Chair of the Finance Committee. The task force makes recommendations on increasing access to healthy foods in the low-income, minority neighborhoods of Avondale and Walnut Hills.
The task force is made up of a diverse group of individuals representing various business, organizations and institutions:
- Renee Mahaffey Harris
Executive Director of The Center for Closing the Health Gap
- Daniel Oerther
Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Environments at the University of Cincinnati.
- Teressa Adams
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Brenden Cull
The Kroger Company
- Ozie Davis
Avondale Do Right! Campaign
- Monica Hampton
Neighborhood Healthcare-Walnut Hills Evanston Health Center
- Jason Kershner
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Patricia Milton
Avondale Community Council
- Sheila Posey
Uptown Consortium, Inc.
- John Pramuk
- Sean Rugless
Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce
- Dr. Lisa Simpson
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Child Policy Research Center
- Rev. Clarence Spencer Wallace
Carmel Presbyterian Church, Avondale Coalition of Churches
- Stacey Wegley
Hamilton County Public Health
- Mel Williams
Walnut Hills Community Center
- William Witten
Avondale Business Association
- Linda Woods
Click here for the full Food Access Task Force report.