CFJC Works with Mothers to Improve the Health of Working-Class Communities

18 March 2011

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Mothers Taking Action is comprised of food stamp-eligible mothers committed to improving the health of their families and communities. With little to no access to healthy foods, their neighborhoods have high rates of obesity, diabetes, and other food-related illnesses.

California Food and Justice Coalition is training Mothers Taking Action participants to facilitate small group dialogue sessions and maintain a safe and comfortable environment for mothers so they can share best practices and concerns related to diet, nutrition, and food access. This Peer 2 Peer project was developed in partnership with County Health Departments, Field Research, and the Network for a Healthy California. The project takes place in both South Oxnard (Ventura County) and Stockton (San Joaquin County), with a goal of engaging 1,000 mothers.

By mothers sharing wisdom and experience, breaking through barriers, and overcoming misconceptions, Mothers Taking Action and CFJC believe that real change to our food system will come from the local level.

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