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U of M Libraries Will Present Feb. 18th Program on Urban "Food Deserts"

For release: February 2, 2011
For press information, contact Tom Mendina, 901-678-4310

Chet W. Sisk
Chet W. Sisk
The University of Memphis University Libraries, with the support of Friends of the University Libraries, will host a thought-provoking program on urban “food deserts” and their effect on the most vulnerable of our population – the homeless. Chet W. Sisk will present “Food Fight: How to Bridge the Food Divide Before Things Get Really Ugly” on Friday, Feb. 18th, at noon in the University Center Fountain View Room. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sisk is an author, speaker, and former advertising CEO who has spent the past 10 years working with homeless people in the Denver area. He founded Quality Foods for Everyone, a social-entrepreneurial program, in partnership with Whole Foods, that is designed to bring high-quality foods into homeless shelters. 

Sisk will discuss the importance of bridging the healthy-food divide between the rich and the poor, and how the homeless have some of the most compromised immune systems of anyone in our society. He will also address the “food desert” challenge and the need to get better food into homeless shelters to improve overall health.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage, adjacent to the University Center.

For more information, call Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310.

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