Closing the Food Gap — Mark Winne at Davis Kidd

Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, will be reading at Davis Kid at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 21.

Having been a part of the movement since the 1970s, serving as the executive director of the Hartford Food System, Mark Winne has an insider’s view on what it’s like to feed our country’s hungry citizens.

Through the lens of Hartford, CT, a quintessential inner city bereft of decent food options apart from bodegas and fast food chains, he explains the successes he witnessed and helped to create: community gardens, inner city farmers’ markets and youth-run urban farms.

Winne concludes his tale in our present food-crazed era, giving voice to low-income shoppers and exploring where they fit in with such ‘foodie’ discussions as local vs. organic. Closing the Food Gap is a calm and well-reasoned ‘call to arms’ to fight for policy reform.

I have been remiss in not posting this sooner. Every Saturday, going to the Memphis Farmers Market downtown, we drive down Vance Avenue. On the way to all that fresh, beautiful produce and meat, we pass neighborhoods full of people for whom the market is a foreign concept.

We pass convenience stores that are the primary source of groceries for many of the people. There are no restaurants to speak of in the area. The closest places I know of are the fast food joints that lie on the border of the business areas and the ‘hood.

Every week we witness these under-served people while we are on the way to bounty. I am looking forward to hearing Winne read. Hopefully you can join us at Davis Kidd. If not, pick up a copy of his book. For those of us in the city, it speaks to a subject that is painfully close to all of us.

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