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Fighting for Food Justice in Eastie: Chelsea Creek Action Group presents at Community Food Workshop Series

EAST BOSTON: It might be school vacation, but some students aren’t taking a break from fighting for a worthy cause! Following up the successful “Stir a Memory” event, the Chelsea Creek Action Group, a youth led initiative from NOAH, will be presenting a “Food Justice 101” Workshop as part of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center’s Community Food Workshop Series.

The workshop, happening on Thursday (4/20) from 6 to 8 PM at the Harborside Community Center, will be an interactive opportunity to learn about how resources like grocery stores affect community health.

The Chelsea Creek Action Group will be leading a hands-on activity that will engage community members to think critically about how the issues of space, food, and money interconnect. "Sometimes we don’t realize how or why one neighborhood is so drastically different from another," said Cait Van Damm, co-coordinator of the Community Food Workshop Series. "Health issues, like obesity and diabetes, are very affected by the way our food is distributed in Eastie. It’s an important thing to talk about!"

In addition to fun and food, opportunities for future involvement in the East Boston community will be provided. "Food is such an important part of community, and East Boston is no exception," said Van Damm. "We hope Thursday’s event will allow us all to come together, be inspired and learn something new – and yummy!"

The Community Food Workshop Series is sponsored by Healthy on the Block/Saludable en tu Tienda, an East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and Boston Public Health Commission initiative to increase access to fresh produce and whole grains in corner stores. For more information regarding the Healthy on the

Block/Saludable en tu tienda project or the Community Food Workshop Series, contact Cait Van Damm at 617-568-4028 or

Upcoming Workshop:

* May 5 – Container Gardening and Seed Starting: Community leaders will delve into the basics of how to get growing in your own backyard and provide a source of food, community, health and fun!


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