Food Talks: The Deserts of NYC

On March 13, 2016, our very own Senior Field Organizer, Khaleel Anderson, was a featured keynote speaker at Columbia University Teacher College’s Just Food Conference. Khaleel spoke to hundreds of attendees regarding Far Rockaway’s classification as a “food desert” and the Rockaway Youth Task Force’s role in providing access to fresh, local grown fruits and vegetables. Khaleel discussed the impact of Superstorm Sandy on Rockaway residents and the magnifying effect it had on pre-existing issues such as gang violence. Khaleel was able to describe Far Rockaway’s unique set of challenges while simultaneously detailing our food justice success. Congratulations, Khaleel!