The lack of adequate food access is an issue that affects people nationwide. Baltimore is no exception. A look into the Baltimore food landscape revealed that numerous barriers keep grocery stores from opening in primarily poor, Black neighborhoods. Racial tensions are common between convenience store owners and residents. Despite any good intentions, food programs that operate outside the communities that experience food insecurity create a reliance on outside sources and do not address the underlying causes of inadequate food access.
The many failures of the city food system ultimately stem from a lack of food sovereignty. If the residents who are experiencing a lack of healthy food access are able to have ownership over the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food then they are able to better achieve sustainable food security.
How might we strengthen pathways for Baltimore residents to have control over their local food system?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this project did not progress through the original scope of the project. With the pandemic having such a detrimental effect on food accessibility, it did not feel appropriate to continue the project through its planned course. Instead I chose to focus my efforts on supporting more directly pandemic related volunteer opportunities and projects.
This was completed as part of the MICA Social Design MA capstone project completed November 2019 - March 2020.