Did you know that?
1 in 7 in the US don't have enough food to eat each day- that is 48 million men, women and children in our country that are hungry every day, living in our communities.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service reports that as of September 2014, there were around 46.5 million individual food stamp recipients (22.7 million households), receiving an average benefit of $123.74 each (around $257 per household).
According to a study conducted in late April by the U.S.Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can't read. That's 14 percent of the population. 21 percent of adults in the U.S.read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can't read.
All these statistics are staggering considering we live in the land of opportunity and prosperity. We are working to combat hunger, malnutrition and educational barriers concerning the poor and underserved. GloDev purchased 120 acres in the NW area of Jacksonville where one of the largest of the 42 food deserts is located.
We are in the process of building a community based farm that will be self-sustaining and provide nutritious food at affordable prices. The farm is named “Eden Gardens®” and is located on Garden Street.
Garden Street is in the Dinsmore area of Jacksonville where 84%, or 8,400 people out of 10,000, are Food Insecure and 30% of them are from Haiti or Jamaica. This is a prime location to make a difference in family's lives. We will reach them by rallying and partnering with churches and civic groups, and providing them with the tools and means they need to reach their community. The combined effort will be a model that we will take to the world.