On Aug. 6, The Bee convened a round table of local leaders to discuss unequal access to healthy food and the work that food banks and other groups are doing to address that.
"I can definitely say that in the last 14 years, there been an increase in distribution of fresh produce in this community. It's not addressing the whole issue, but it is definitely a shift."
Shawn Harrison, co-founder, Soil Born Farms (www.soilborn.org)
"If you decide that you'd like to have an apple as opposed to a candy bar, you should be able to go out and find it within a reasonable distance, and within a reasonable amount of time."
Chet Hewitt, president and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation (www.sierrahealth.org)
"Food access is one really important aspect of this whole thing, but just having access doesn't necessarily mean consumption, so what are the other dynamics happening in these communities?"
Debra Oto-Kent, executive director, Health Education Council (www.healthedcouncil.org)
"I volunteered at Blake's mobile distribution site a few years ago. There was a woman who went down the line. When she got to the yams, she kept going. Someone asked her if she wanted a yam, and she didn't know what they were."
Robin Krock, program manager, Valley Vision (www.valleyvision.org)
"You have to educate people, you know? You got to let them know that it's better to have a piece of fruit as a snack because, if you eat those crackers or cookies, you're going to spike your insulin and you're going to stay hungry."
Dave Martinez, executive director, Placer Food Bank (www.placerfoodbank.org)
"There's a lot of growers out there who are tossing out food because they can't just get rid of it in a timely manner. The food banks are a great way to channel that food into communities that need it."
David Shabazian, principal program expert, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (www.sacog.org)
"Part of the reason for going to the mobile format was just to get out in people's neighborhoods. Until you create an environment that is engaging and not institutional, people are just going to grab their food and not get anything more out of it."
Blake Young, executive director, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (www.sacramentofoodbank.org)