It’s my second week at Trusted Source and I’ve become even busier! I had the pleasure of attending the Healthy Food Access Grant Workshop hosted by the Healthy Central Florida organization on Wednesday. It was an incredibly informative and enlightening event that covered all of the healthy food initiatives in the Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville area and the steps we as a community can take to promote the access and consumption of healthy, locally grown produce. Not only was the workshop very educational, but it was quite inspiring too. I’ve lived in Orlando for three years now and I had no idea that these initiatives existed and that consuming healthy foods is entirely feasible through the mobilization of the community. It most certainly encouraged me to seek out these programs by both utilizing and contributing to them.
In addition, the workshop was an event to tell people about the $25,000 in grants that Healthy Central Florida, in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank, is giving out. The grants will go to non-profit organizations that come up with new, innovative ways of making Eatonville, Maitland, and Winter Park healthier communities through fostering accessibility to healthy foods. Later that day, I attended the Our Whole Community Board meeting where we hashed out some really great ideas about how we could promote healthy food access, connect to consumers to healthy food, and encourage availability and consumption of fresh food among the residents of the community. I won’t say what our proposal is (I won’t risk our competitors stealing our awesome idea!) but I can say that it would do exactly those things. I’m very much looking forward to organizing and coordinating our plan and I’m even more excited to see if it will get us this grant to further it!
I’m sure I will be even busier next week helping out with the “Get Help With Your Yelp” event hosted by FemCity Orlando. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!