Healthy Eating in the Bronx: Awa Fofana

Awa Fofana, 11th Grade Bronx Junior Photo League, 2019 According to the websites of three fast food chains, there are about 30 McDonalds, 22 Popeyes, and 19 Burger Kings in The Bronx. In a 2016 Huffington Post article, “The Bronx:…

Healthy Eating in the Bronx: Awa Fofana

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Awa Fofana, 11th Grade
Bronx Junior Photo League, 2019

According to the websites of three fast food chains, there are about 30 McDonalds, 22 Popeyes, and 19 Burger Kings in The Bronx. In a 2016 Huffington Post article, “The Bronx: Dying from Lack of Nutritious Foods,:” The Bronx is home to the largest produce supplier, the NYC Terminal Produce Market; however, most of the people living here don’t get access to that produce.

My project is about food in the Bronx, the lack of healthy, affordable, good quality produce, and the rise in local programs being created to help combat these issues. I learned about a creative culinary program called the Blank Plate Program located at the Point CDC in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. At the Blank Plate program, they strive to motivate struggling adolescents to change their perspectives on how they think food should be and to help stir up change. The program teaches people of all ages about cooking food and different options they have when it comes to eating.

This project is important to me because I love food, but I also recognize that, especially in the South Bronx, people aren’t given that many options when it comes to healthy eating. After visiting the Blank Plate Program, they really gained my respect as a culinary program that is trying to conduct change in the Bronx, so that people could learn what and how to use what is available to them. When making my project, I wanted to talk about something that everyone enjoys, that everyone could relate to, and something that brings people together.

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