Healthy food for food deserts
Old North St. Louis Grocery Co-op
A collaboration between MU Extension and Old North St. Louis Restoration Group developed a strategy to close the food gap in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. Residents lived in a food desert, an area lacking access to healthy, affordable foods year-round. In July 2010, that changed when the Old North St. Louis Grocery Co-op opened. It is the first co-op to open in a predominately low-income neighborhood in Missouri as a way to increase access to healthy foods, link urban consumers to rural producers, and support a neighborhood through economic and community development.
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St. Louis Healthy Corner Store Project
Due to the positive association between the retail environment and diet, communities across the country have begun working with corner stores, bodegas and rural groceries to make changes that improve both the store environment and the food inventory offered. University of Missouri Extension launched the St. Louis Healthy Corner Store Project in 2011 through a partnership with the City of St. Louis Department of Health and the St. Louis Development Corporation. The Healthy Corner Store Project works in cooperation with communities and corner store owners to deliver a comprehensive approach that combines community development, small-business support, nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, nutritious foods.
To learn more about the Project, click this link.
Neighborhood Leadership Academy
Class of 2013
Neighborhood Leadership Academy provides hands-on leadership training emphasizing community building principles, organizational leadership and management practices, and personal leadership skills. The program connects resources at University of Missouri-St. Louis (Community Partnership Project, Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, and MU Extension) to residents and neighborhoods wanting to create more livable communities.
Check out what these NLA alum are up to: http://umsl.edu/~pcs/noncredit-offerings/nla.html#Spotlights
Local Government Partnership
The Local Government Partnership is a cooperative effort between University of Missouri-St. Louis, MU Extension and East-West Gateway Council of Governments. The program provides technical advice to local government, conducts training programs for local officials, encourages collaboration and cooperation with local governments, teaches and advises students interested in local government careers.
UMSL Community Partnership Project Seminar Series
The UMSL Community Partnership Project ‘What’s Brewing?’ Series links UM-St. Louis faculty research and practice and promotes sharing of information and ideas on issues impacting St. Louis neighborhoods. Ask to have your name added to the e-mail distribution list by emailing Kara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Kara Lubischer
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