Mosaic’s Florida Hunger-Relief Forum Calls for an End to Hunger
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Mosaic’s Florida Hunger-Relief Forum Calls for an End to Hunger

September 10, 2014   |   ShareThis

Sample Pic At Mosaic’s second annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam unveiled a new advanced web-based tool, a statewide map that identifies high-risk communities in Florida with a lack of access to nutritional foods.

Mosaic’s second annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum brought together state and local policymakers, food and nutrition experts, and business and community leaders on Hunger Action Day, Sept. 4. More than 200 people attended the forum at the Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton, Fla., to hear more about Florida’s critical food access and nutrition challenges and work together to drive advocacy and action on hunger issues.

“With 700,000 people in Central Florida struggling with hunger and 250,000 of those children, it’s important to elevate the issue,” said Mark Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at The Mosaic Company. “We are pleased to have invited key leaders to the table to share their expertise and work together to find solutions to local and global hunger.”

At the event, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam, revealed “Florida’s Roadmap to Healthy Living,” the state’s new, advanced web-based tool and map to identify communities that are at a high-risk and lack access to nutritional foods. This allows for targeted intervention programs and ways to measure outcomes and success.

After his keynote presentation, Commissioner Putnam joined local FFA and 4-H students from Manatee, DeSoto and Hardee counties to help pack up locally grown vegetables for distribution through local food pantries.

The forum also included key discussions about “food deserts” – rural and urban areas without ready access to fresh healthy foods, by Mari Gallagher, independent food researcher and author of the 2006 breakthrough study Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Joel Gittlesohn, Ph.D. and medical anthropologist, discussed how environmental interventions can help improve food access to healthier food options that help prevent obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases.

View the video on Mosaic’s YouTube channel for more about the second annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum.