A coalition of faith-based groups is hosting “Food Justice, Healthy Eating Fair,” featuring interactive healthy food demonstrations, performances by dancers and drummers, a vendor marketplace and a tour of a community garden 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Second Baptist Church of South Richmond, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd.
The fair is part of the “Keepin’ It Reel Healthy” series created to increase community knowledge of food justice and health eating practices.
The event is sponsored by Faith Leaders Moving Forward, a local interfaith organization, in partnership with Community Unity in Action and Second Baptist Church of South Richmond.
Alice M. Freeman, a certified nutritional consultant, will do cooking demonstrations.
The church’s garden will be open for tours, and festivalgoers will be able to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.
The event is free and open to the public.
“It is widely recognized that Richmond’s historically African-American communities are greatly impacted by food injustice that often results in diet-related illnesses,” Dr. Charles Shannon III, founder of Faith Leaders Moving Forward, stated. “Many of these illnesses are preventable if we provide the community with knowledge and access to healthy fruits and vegetables. Through our involvement with the Keepin’ It Reel Healthy campaign, this event will increase awareness of practical ways of preparing healthy meals at home that honor mind, body and spirit.”
Others available to answer questions at the event are the Rev. Ralph Hodge, senior pastor at the church, and Arthur Burton, co-founder of Community Unity in Action.
Details: Tasha Chambers, (804) 263-0491.