Last night, approximately 50 people gathered in the Bethlehem Centers gym to find out about diet, health, and watch Food, Inc. This is the second screening of the film that Re/Storing Nashville has been able to facilitate through the Ingredients for Change campaign, funded through support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The first screening was held at the Belmont United Methodist Church on March 31, 2010, in collaboration with the Edgehill Family Resource Center, community partners, and Metro agencies.
We were lucky to have a great co-host for this second screening, in Bethlehem Centers, who worked with the Re/Storing Nashville Leadership Team and leadership of John Henry Hale Homes to plan and execute a successful evening. The questions posed to our panelists for the evening were incredible. The panelists were: organic farmer, Freddie Haddox; TSU Agricultural School professor, Leslie Speller-Henderson; Nashville Farmers' Market director, Jeff Themm; and Mayor's Office of Healthy Living Initiatives director, Toks Omishakin.
Not only did we have health screenings provided by Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center and information on fiber and food safety from TSU, but we also had information about the services provided by Bethlehem Centers and the variety of programs and intitiatives of Community Food Advocates.
The diverse audience included the Bethlehem Centers after-school program, families, farmers, church gardeners and local celebrities interested in the film and how they can get involved in sharing resources and improving child health.
While we're thrilled about how the screening went off, we're eager to continue the conversation with North Nashville residents about affordable healthy food access and how to bring it back to the neighborhood. A Community Forum will be held at Bethlehem Centers from 5:00 - 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. If you are interested in helping to plan this forum (format, facilitation, donation of refreshments, etc.) please come to a planning meeting at Bethlehem Centers from 12-1pm on Thursday, September 30...bring your lunch and a friend!