The flyer for a community food planning project in Southeast Gainesville

Grace Grows, a local nonprofit and long-time member of the FSC-GNV, is facilitating a community-driven process to create a plan for improved food access and food sovereignty in Southeast Gainesville. This USDA funded Community Food Project has garnered support and engagement from residents in the SE Gainesville community through a community-based participatory action research process that empowers members of the impacted community to set the vision for positive change they wish to see in their community.

This project started as reoccurring conversation during a series of FSC-GNV meetings but has grown into a social movement around food sovereignty.

THIS SURVEY – which was created by members of the Southeast Gainesville community themselves – seeks to identify the assets and ideas of people in the community that can be part of the solution to improve food access. THE SURVEY is currently open to those who want to participate. It can be taken independently online, or as an interview with a member of the Grace Grows project team. If you would like to be interviewed by a team member, please contact gracegardenproject@gmail.com. They can schedule a time that works for you via Zoom, phone call, or in person.

What’s Next for the Food Planning Project?

Right now, the project is actively seeking input from folks who live, work, or have family in Southeast Gainesville. The team is using a survey developed by the Community Advisory Board to better understand their neighbors’ experiences, interests, preferences, challenges, and existing collective assets regarding food access in the area. Next, a set of focus groups will invite people to share their thoughts in a conversational setting. Then, a group of researchers led by graduate students and a faculty member at the University of Florida will analyze community members’ responses. Finally, they will present the results to the Community Advisory Board to develop an action plan.

A team of staff and volunteers with the Grace Grows Community Food Planning Project on a Community Survey Day
Project staff and community volunteers have been conducting surveys door-to-door to spread the word about the project and walk through the survey with people who prefer to complete it in person.
Food Planning Project Seeks Community-Driven Solutions in the Southeast

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