Growing Food Security in Mattapan:  The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition Vivien Morris Glorie Vital Mattapan Food and F...
Overview <ul><li>A little about Mattapan </li></ul><ul><li>Describing the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition </li></ul><u...
Mattapan
Map of US with Boston and Des Moines
 
Mattapan:  A few facts <ul><li>Southernmost community of Boston </li></ul><ul><li>Population 44,000 </li></ul><ul><li>18% ...
More Facts <ul><li>No full service grocery store lies within the Mattapan boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Residents report no...
Mattapan Retail Food Establishments
Obesity in Boston Adults Who are Overweight or Obese by Neighborhood, 2003 and 2005* Boston  50% Allston/Brighten 38% Back...
The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition – History <ul><li>January 2007 , launch of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Initiativ...
The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition – Who we are <ul><li>Individual Mattapan residents </li></ul><ul><li>Mattapan Comm...
Mattapan Food and Fitness Survey Results 2008 <ul><li>102 surveys conducted July – October 2008 by 15 youth </li></ul><ul>...
Where people shop, Mattapan 19%  Do NOT shop  at their favorite store because: Time to get there (26%) Cost (21%) Difficul...
Factors Influencing Food Purchasing, Mattapan Mattapan residents care most about taste, price, and health.
Reasons for non-use of neighborhood fitness activities, Mattapan   Safety in parks is a big concern in Mattapan
Multiple Approaches to Addressing Healthy Food Access <ul><li>Community engagement in goal setting </li></ul><ul><li>Impro...
Community Engagement in Goal Setting <ul><li>Monthly community meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Community assessment process led...
Improving Healthy Food Access <ul><li>Farmers Market </li></ul><ul><li>Build a Garden (BAG) project with The Food Project ...
Farmers Market <ul><li>Youth visits to farms </li></ul><ul><li>Special outreach and support to elders </li></ul><ul><li>He...
Efforts to Address Local Concerns in the Mattapan Farmers Market <ul><li>Convenience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market located ...
Making the Farmer’s Market  Mattapan-Specific <ul><li>Culturally specific produce  </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions on local ...
Making the Farmers Market Mattapan-Specific, cont. <ul><li>Using market to build vibrancy in community, educate, and enric...
Health Education <ul><li>Partners provide health education at farmers market,  and other venues  </li></ul><ul><li>Trips t...
Leadership Development <ul><ul><li>Vigorous Youth (food assessment, work with other youth, video project, etc.)  </li></ul...
MFFC Highlights and Accomplishments <ul><li>Coordinate the Mattapan Farmers Market , bringing fresh, affordable and locall...
MFFC Highlights and Accomplishments, cont. <ul><li>Successful effort to get local restaurant to cease offering and promoti...
Challenges  <ul><ul><li>Limited assets (volunteer organization with no staff, no office or our own meeting space; limited ...
Lessons Learned <ul><ul><li>Uncover assets within and outside the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our youth are our m...
“ Mattapan will become known as one of the healthiest communities in Boston, with easy access to affordable and healthy fo...
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  • 65% get to their favorite shopping place by car 16% by walking 11% by bus
  • Remember that the individuals from Mattapan were surveyed at a farmers’ market, which will be skewing some of these numbers (eg, organic, local) higher than they would otherwise probably be in a more representative sample of the residents in these neighborhoods. Overall, organic and local scored low.
  • There were other reasons they could choose from (eg, inconvenient hours, no child/family care, hard to get there, poor condition) but these are the main ones that people said. Safety is a key concern but limited access/limited physical activity experiences may affect choices.
  • Culturally specific produce: list of foods preferred by community residents shared with farm partners in early winter; local venders (above local chef sales Caribbean style salsas and relishes; gospel singers at Harvest Fest 2009. Discussions of local vs non-local produce held in meetings, with residents from south and Caribbean expressing preference for foods from their ‘homelands” – less interest in “New England traditional foods” How to keep prices low: key and partly unresolved issue in our low income neighborhood; Bounty Bucks and WIC/Senior Farmers Market Coupon programs help lower prices Youth leadership: Market manager in training; jobs; elder personal shoppers, outreach; special youth activities
  • Growing Food Security in Mattapan

    1. 1. Growing Food Security in Mattapan: The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition Vivien Morris Glorie Vital Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition October 10, 2009 Food Policy Council Day Community Food Security Coalition Meeting Des Moines, Iowa
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>A little about Mattapan </li></ul><ul><li>Describing the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>Defining healthy food access problems in Mattapan </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies utilized by the MFFC </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments, challenges and lessons learned </li></ul>
    3. 3. Mattapan
    4. 4. Map of US with Boston and Des Moines
    5. 6. Mattapan: A few facts <ul><li>Southernmost community of Boston </li></ul><ul><li>Population 44,000 </li></ul><ul><li>18% of families and 25% of children live below the poverty level </li></ul><ul><li>91% of residents are people of color </li></ul><ul><li>Largest Haitian population north of New York </li></ul><ul><li>35.7% of population is under the age of 20 </li></ul>
    6. 7. More Facts <ul><li>No full service grocery store lies within the Mattapan boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Residents report not being able to shop where they’d like because of distance and high food prices </li></ul><ul><li>Mattapan has the highest obesity rate of any community in the state </li></ul>
    7. 8. Mattapan Retail Food Establishments
    8. 9. Obesity in Boston Adults Who are Overweight or Obese by Neighborhood, 2003 and 2005* Boston 50% Allston/Brighten 38% Back Bay** 36% Charlestown 48% Dorchester 64% E. Boston 58% Fenway 32% Hyde Park 64% Jamaica Plain 37% Mattapan 70% Roslindale 60% South Boston 55% South End 44% W. Roxbury 50% ** Boston Sample Only ** Back Bay includes the North End Data Source: Behavior Risk Factor Survey:: BRFSS, Boston Public Health Commission Data Analysis: BPHC Research Office
    9. 10. The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
    10. 11. The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition – History <ul><li>January 2007 , launch of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>2007 ,first Farmers Market </li></ul><ul><li>2008 , first Mattapan Moving for Life Event </li></ul><ul><li>2008 , Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition Vigorous Youth begun </li></ul><ul><li>2008 , conducted community assessment and hosted community wide planning meetings (co-sponsored with the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness) </li></ul><ul><li>2009 , Promoting healthier menus in local restaurant </li></ul><ul><li>2009 , MFFC Vigorous youth interview mayoral candidates on plans and policies on food and fitness </li></ul><ul><li>2009 , Strategic planning process completed </li></ul>
    11. 12. The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition – Who we are <ul><li>Individual Mattapan residents </li></ul><ul><li>Mattapan Community Development Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Mattapan Community Health Center </li></ul><ul><li>Mattapan Board of Trade </li></ul><ul><li>Mattapan Cultural Arts Council </li></ul><ul><li>Mattapan Family Services and ABCD </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado Street Neighborhood Association </li></ul><ul><li>Church of the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Jubilee Christian Church </li></ul><ul><li>Mattapan Civic Association </li></ul><ul><li>Mildred Avenue Community Center </li></ul><ul><li>City Natives Nursery/BNAN, Mattapan </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition and Fitness for Life Program, BMC </li></ul><ul><li>Brookwood Community Farm </li></ul><ul><li>Powisett Farm </li></ul><ul><li>BOND of Color </li></ul><ul><li>Boston STEPS, BPHC </li></ul><ul><li>The Harvard Prevention Research Center </li></ul><ul><li>Haitian American Public Health Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Friends of Young Achievers School </li></ul><ul><li>Youth and Family Enrichment Services </li></ul><ul><li>And growing </li></ul>
    12. 13. Mattapan Food and Fitness Survey Results 2008 <ul><li>102 surveys conducted July – October 2008 by 15 youth </li></ul><ul><li>7 key informant interviews conducted </li></ul><ul><li>Two focus groups conducted with 16 total participants </li></ul><ul><li>Part of larger project with Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness </li></ul>
    13. 14. Where people shop, Mattapan 19% Do NOT shop at their favorite store because: Time to get there (26%) Cost (21%) Difficult to access (5%)
    14. 15. Factors Influencing Food Purchasing, Mattapan Mattapan residents care most about taste, price, and health.
    15. 16. Reasons for non-use of neighborhood fitness activities, Mattapan Safety in parks is a big concern in Mattapan
    16. 17. Multiple Approaches to Addressing Healthy Food Access <ul><li>Community engagement in goal setting </li></ul><ul><li>Improving Healthy Food Access </li></ul><ul><li>Health Education </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Development </li></ul>
    17. 18. Community Engagement in Goal Setting <ul><li>Monthly community meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Community assessment process led by youth (in collaboration with BCFF) </li></ul><ul><li>Community Report Back and discussion meeting </li></ul><ul><li>MFFC website: www.mattapanfoodandfitness.org </li></ul>
    18. 19. Improving Healthy Food Access <ul><li>Farmers Market </li></ul><ul><li>Build a Garden (BAG) project with The Food Project </li></ul><ul><li>Work with local restaurants </li></ul><ul><li>Political Action Committee (just begun) </li></ul>
    19. 20. Farmers Market <ul><li>Youth visits to farms </li></ul><ul><li>Special outreach and support to elders </li></ul><ul><li>Health education at market </li></ul><ul><li>Harvest Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Culture (translation/personal shopping assistance) </li></ul>
    20. 21. Efforts to Address Local Concerns in the Mattapan Farmers Market <ul><li>Convenience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market located in heart of Mattapan Square </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Venders price items with sensitivity to local economic hardships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WIC and Senior Farmers Market Vouchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EBT (Food Stamps) accepted and doubled in value </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. Making the Farmer’s Market Mattapan-Specific <ul><li>Culturally specific produce </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions on local vs. non-local produce </li></ul><ul><li>How to keep food prices low </li></ul><ul><li>Youth leadership </li></ul>
    22. 23. Making the Farmers Market Mattapan-Specific, cont. <ul><li>Using market to build vibrancy in community, educate, and enrich other programs/institutions </li></ul>
    23. 24. Health Education <ul><li>Partners provide health education at farmers market, and other venues </li></ul><ul><li>Trips to local farms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brookwood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powisett </li></ul></ul>
    24. 25. Leadership Development <ul><ul><li>Vigorous Youth (food assessment, work with other youth, video project, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy Communities training program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness trainings on research methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anti-Racism and Health Equity trainings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videography training </li></ul></ul>
    25. 26. MFFC Highlights and Accomplishments <ul><li>Coordinate the Mattapan Farmers Market , bringing fresh, affordable and locally grown produce and health promotion activities to Mattapan 2007, 2008, and 2009; special elder outreach and transportation in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>200 attendees at the Mattapan Moving for Life event in 2008 and 2009 learned about local fitness resources and engaged in traditional and non-traditional physical activities </li></ul><ul><li>Local teens surveyed community residents to determine their visions for a healthier Mattapan </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with other Mattapan organizations to show films on racial equity and health (“Place Matters”) in 2008 </li></ul>
    26. 27. MFFC Highlights and Accomplishments, cont. <ul><li>Successful effort to get local restaurant to cease offering and promoting unhealthy menu option </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple successful community meetings in 2009 to engage community members in selecting action priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with The Food Project to build raised bed gardens at the homes of Mattapan residents </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness to affect city wide policy change </li></ul>
    27. 28. Challenges <ul><ul><li>Limited assets (volunteer organization with no staff, no office or our own meeting space; limited ability to stipend youth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to get at root causes, not just symptoms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reaching out to entire community (all ages, organizations, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
    28. 29. Lessons Learned <ul><ul><li>Uncover assets within and outside the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our youth are our most valuable asset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build relationships through joint action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think big but take doable steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commit to our goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be patient and believe </li></ul></ul>
    29. 30. “ Mattapan will become known as one of the healthiest communities in Boston, with easy access to affordable and healthy food. Our streets will be clean, safe and walkable. Our residents of all ages and abilities will take regular advantage of the abundant and inviting play spaces and recreational opportunities.”

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