MILL CITY GROWS HOSTS FREE VIRTUAL GUEST PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE 2022 LOWELL COMMUNITY FOOD ASSESSMENT REPORT, APRIL 21 AT 4PM EDT
The complete 2022 Lowell Community Food Assessment Report is now available to the public at MillCityGrows.org.
[LOWELL, MA] – Lowell-based non-profit Mill City Grows (MCG) will host a free Virtual Guest Panel Discussion on Thursday, April 21 at 4pm EDT, to present an in-depth review of the newly released 2022 Lowell Community Food Assessment (CFA) report. Registration for the Guest Panel Discussion is now open at MillCityGrows.org, and the event is free and open to the public. The Lowell CFA was a collaborative project implemented by Mill City Grows with funding, support, and participation of the REACH LoWELL initiative and the Greater Lowell Health Alliance (GLHA). More than 1,000 Lowell residents were interviewed for the assessment, which evaluated the city’s food system, determined the food security of Lowell residents, and proposed solutions to barriers and challenges to accessing food.
Event updates will be posted on the Lowell CFA Guest Panel Discussion Facebook Event Page and at MillCityGrows.org.
The Lowell CFA Guest Panel Discussion will feature five panelists – Solimar Berrios, Jeanmerli Gonzalez, Tara Hong, Ali Jacobs, and Edith Parekh – and will be moderated by Mill City Grows Co-founder, Francey Slater. Together, they will share and expand on the results of the CFA and how this information will impact and guide citywide efforts to increase healthy food access.
Mill City Grows’ Lowell Community Food Assessment Guest Panel Discussion is the second of 10 signature events throughout the City of Lowell commemorating MCG’s 10-Year Anniversary. Mill City Grows started as a single community garden at Rotary Club Park in Lowell’s Back Central neighborhood. After a decade of working with residents, businesses, and city officials, MCG now manages 24 school and community gardens, more than five acres of urban farmland, and a range of food distribution and food education programs that engage over 15,000 residents per year. Mill City Grows is committed to ensuring that local foods, from our own urban farms and sourced from other regional growers, is accessible to residents of all income levels.
MCG’s 10th Anniversary Celebration is made possible by the generosity of Mill City Grows’ 2022 Annual Sponsors: Nancy L Donahue, Plenus Group, Inc., Microdesk, the Verizon Foundation. Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, and Enterprise Bank. Additional support provided by Community Business Sponsors: Market Basket, Golden Girl Granola, Alpine Butcher, and Red Antler Apothecary. MCG is a recipient of the Cummings Foundation $25 Million Grant Program.
For more information and to view Mill City Grows’ 10th Anniversary Event Series lineup, please visit MillCityGrows.org/10th-anniversary-events.
About Mill City Grows
For the past 10 years, Mill City Grows (MCG) has worked towards food justice in Lowell, Massachusetts, using the following strategies and programs: education in and out of schools, supporting community leadership through community gardens, increasing urban agriculture through urban farming, implementing a mobile market, and empowering people to produce their own food. MCG infuses food production spaces with food education to support their belief that a community that understands how to grow, access, and prepare healthy food will have better quality of life and deeper investment in their local environment. Visit MillCityGrows.org to learn more, and follow MCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Katherine Davis, Mill City Grows Director of Development