Since 2007, Franklinton Gardens has grown and donated thousands of pounds of fresh food to local food pantries. Franklinton is a “food desert,” a neighborhood without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of buying food from a supermarket, residents are limited to fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
The food access problem is temporary, and Franklinton Gardens has partnered with many organizations across the city to improve our food reality. The Franklinton Produce Market offers the opportunity for residents to purchase fresh healthy food grown in their own neighborhood.
Franklinton Gardens also supports neighbors who want to grow their own food. We strive to make our gardens educational pieces to demonstrate how to grow food. For anyone without a yard, we offer affordable plots at ourAvondale Community Garden where neighbors can grow food.