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Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty


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From the War on Poverty to new farmers' markets, a food expert tackles America's dangerous dietary split
With a new Foreword
Closing the Food Gap exposes America's dangerous dietary split: from patrons of food pantries, bodegas, and convenience stores to the more comfortable classes who increasingly seek out organic and local products. Calling largely on his own experience in food activism, and mixing in surprisingly witty observations, Mark Winne ultimately envisions realistic partnerships in which family farms and impoverished communities come together to get healthy, locally produced food onto everyone's table.




About the Author

For 25 years Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a private non-profit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area. During his tenure with HFS, Mark organized community self-help food projects that assisted the city's lower income and elderly residents. Mark's work with the Food System included the development of a commercial hydroponic greenhouse, Connecticut's Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, several farmers' markets, a 20-acre community supported agriculture farm, food and nutrition education programs, and a neighborhood supermarket.

Winne now writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community assessment, and food policy. He also does policy communication work for the Community Food Security Coalition. His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in The Nation, Hartford Courant, Boston Globe, In These Times, Sierra, Orion, Successful Farming and numerous organizational and professional newsletters and journals across the country. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

To learn more about Mark Winne, visit is web site: www.markwinne.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction I’ve Come to . . . Shop?


The History

Chapter One Suburbia, Environmentalism, and the Early Gurglings of the Food Movement

Chapter Two Reagan, Hunger, and the Rise of Food Banks


The Reactions

Chapter Three Farmers’ Markets: Bringing Food to the People

Chapter Four Community Gardens: Growing Our Own

Chapter Five Food Banks: Waste Not, Want Not


The Current Landscape

Chapter Six Re-Storing America’s Food Deserts

Chapter Seven Growing Obese and Diabetic; Going Local and Organic

Chapter Eight Community Supported Agriculture: Communities Find the Way

Chapter Nine Public Policy: Food for the People

Chapter Ten Income Disparities, Poverty, and the Food Gap

Conclusion Resetting America’s Table


A Note on Sources

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Winne, Mark
Beacon Press (MA)
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Health Policy
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Economic assistance, Domestic -- United States.
Poverty -- United States -- Prevention.
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Sociology-Children and Family
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