Last year, COVID-19 pushed the persistent problem of healthy food access toward crisis levels. The number of meals provided by The St. Louis Area Foodbank, which serves 14 Missouri counties and 12 in Illinois, increased by 53% to nearly 53 million between June 2019 and June 2021, data from the nonprofit show.
We wanted to share the stories of the people who are at the heart of the environmental justice movement: urban farmers. In St. Louis, urban farmers have made great strides and continue to educate the next generation about the importance of growing their own food. In this bonus episode, we visit an urban farm, then hear from a food justice director advocating for a healthier environment and the founder of a nonprofit that provides equitable access to food, education, and employment.