Frank Bailey of Grow Orlando teaches kids skills to fight ‘food apartheid’ in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla.Frank Bailey began his professional career as a teacher but says he’s spent most of his life working in farming and landscaping.

“It started with going to my grandparents’ house and eating green beans from (my grandmother’s) garden for the first time and being just blown away,” Bailey said. “It’s like, ‘What is this?’ She’s like, ‘Oh, it’s green beans.’ I was like, ‘Why does it taste different than the ones we eat at home? I want this,’ and so she took me out to her farm, and then made me work.”

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Central Wis. working to bridge healthy food disparities

(WSAW) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its findings of the hurdles people who participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program face when trying to maintain a healthy diet. It found nearly nine in 10 people have some kind of barrier.

The cost of healthy foods is one, with 61% of people saying that was an issue, and the research found that those individuals are twice as likely to experience food insecurity. Nearly a third said they do not have time to prepare meals from scratch. Transportation was another common hurdle with 19% of people noting that challenge.

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