As the 2014 mini-grant funding cycle comes to an end, we would like to take this time to thank our partnering organizations for increasing access to healthy and affordable foods and safe places to be active in Southeast Raleigh. Over the next few months, we will conduct end of year evaluations and will post a brief summary. Check out Agape Word Fellowship and Fertile Ground Food Cooperative!
Over the last year, Agape Word Fellowship (AWF) hosted weekly boot camp sessions every Saturday at 8am. As a recipient of a VIA mini-grant, the Health Ministry bought medicine balls, yoga mats, jump ropes, and resistance bands to help get people moving.
Though the classes have ended, the Health Ministry’s work is not done! This group of five AWF members hosts Health Awareness Days every fourth Sunday. These days include health information in the bulletins and quarterly health screenings for the congregation and AWF visitors. We spoke with Jereel Ba who mentioned a variety new projects for the ministry: walking groups, move and groove services, group fitness classes, and cooking classes through EFNEP, which align with Voice into Action’s mission to improve access to healthy affordable food and safe places to be active. AWF’s events are open to the public as part of their mission of unconditional love and acceptance, so stop by their campus at 1430 New Hope Road in Raleigh!
A dedicated team of Southeast Raleigh residents and advocates are working to launch the Fertile Ground Food Cooperative, a multi-stakeholder cooperative grocery store that will be located in Southeast Raleigh. Fertile Ground is in the process of recruiting members from the community. Currently they have 120 members who are excited about bringing healthy, affordable food to the neighborhood. Right now, leaders within Fertile Ground are working to increase membership and to raise awareness of their initiative through their most recent “75 Members in 75 Days” campaign.
As expressed by project manager Zulayka Santiago, Fertile Ground stands for many things—healthy food, a grocery store in the Southeast Raleigh community, and a community gathering space—among others. The leadership team is committed to creating an inviting space for residents of Southeast Raleigh to get healthy, affordable food, especially in light of how far many residents must travel to reach a supermarket. Fertile Ground Food Cooperative meets monthly, and you can stay up-to-date on their events and meetings by liking their page on Facebook, emailing Zulayka to get on the mailing list, or even better becoming a member TODAY!
Thank you to all of the volunteers and leaders working to make Fertile Ground Food Cooperative a reality!