In West Oakland there are 53 liquor stores and no grocery stores. There is a 99 Cents Only store, but that is as close as it comes to accessing fresh produce. The primary sources of food are fast food restaurants and snack foods from corner stores.
The 24,000 people who live in this area are mostly black and latino, 35 percent of whom live in poverty. I originally learned about this when reading a past issue of Adbusters magazine. Upon further research I found that as a result of the situation, community projects have sprouted up in order to provide healthy foods and fresh produce.
The fact that people in West Oakland must travel a few miles in order to buy wholesome food is a sad one indeed.
The fact that I never knew this when I lived in the bay area is shameful. If I had known about this while living in San Francisco, I would have stopped complaining about having to travel ten city blocks to pick up my organic produce.
It just goes to show that if we take some time to learn a little bit more about our communities, or other parts of our cities, we can find a different reality, one that may surprise and possibly disturb us. So this weekend I plan to find a part of Encinitas that I currently have no previous experience with.
Breakfast: Oatmeal – $0.05
Lunch: 1 Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich – $0.31, 1 Peanut Butter Cookie – $0.06 (Kerri only)
Dinner: Wheat Gluten cutlets w/ Gravy – $0.31, Salad – $0.15 (1/4 carrot – $0.03, 1/6 heart of romaine – $0.08, TBSP Garbanzo beans-$0.04), 2 TBSP dressing – $0.06
Dessert: 1 Peanut butter cookie – $0.06, 1 near-Cup of Tang – $0.06 (Christopher only)
Christopher Total: $1.00
Kerri Total: $1.00
Donation Total: $717
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