APA Missouri Chapter


Tuesday, March 26, 2019
3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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Our current food system is not equitably feeding our people, supporting our communities, or ensuring the protection of our soil and water resources.  In the city of St. Louis, 57% of residents live in communities that have low household incomes and live more than ½ mile from the nearest grocery store.  The target of the Food Access working group is by 2027, reduce by half the number of healthy food priority areas from a 2018 baseline.

Learning Objectives

1.       Learn about local efforts to better define ‘food deserts’ as ‘healthy food priority areas.’

2.       Learn about local programs to increase access to healthy foods.

3.       Community engagement regarding accessing and preparing healthy foods.


Leslie Bertsch

Ms. Bertsch is a Field Specialist in Nutrition and Health for MU Extension. As Nutrition Specialist, she provides St. Louis County and City residents with evidence-based health and wellness education. Leslie has both a personal and professional interest in food access and food security issues. She is currently serving as ... Read More

Tosha Phonix

Tosha joined the Missouri Coalition for the Environment in 2018 as the Food Justice Organizer after working with the community of North St. Louis to provide agriculture programing through my work at Gateway 180. She worked in Social Service for seven years helping children, teaching and creating programming. Her passion ... Read More

Contact Info

Michael Zeek, mzeek@marylandheights.com