DC residents in wards 7 and 8 walked for food justice on Saturday

FOOD JUSTICE | This past Saturday, DC residents from wards 7 and 8 joined together to participate in a ‘grocery walk’ to bring attention to the lack of grocery stores and healthy food options in their wards. The walk ended with a rally that featured speeches from residents and council members from both wards. (WAMU, 10/16)

The lack of grocery stores makes the weekly task of restocking the refrigerator a challenge for long-time Ward 8 resident Delois McNeal, 70.

“I have to walk across the street to catch the W3 bus,” said McNeal. “It’s a shuttle bus that runs once every half an hour. If you miss that, you have to wait another half an hour to go to the grocery store.”

Like nearly half of all Ward 8 residents, McNeal doesn’t own a car.

NONPROFITS | Nonprofits provide essential services to communities with scarce resources, and as a result, measuring a nonprofit’s impact on its clients and how supportive the philanthropic and government sector is to its mission becomes a secondary concern. Urban Institute and the World Bank Group have partnered to create Measure4Change, a program that seeks to advance measurement and evaluation capacity of nonprofits in the greater Washington area. Learn more here. (Urban Institute, 11/16)

WORKFORCE | DCFPI has released a report that analyzed the potential impact on eligible workers if the developers and businesses connected with the Wharf (the newest development in southwest DC) had worked with unions. (DCFPI, 10/12)

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– Big Donors Favor Tex. Over Puerto Rico in Hurricane Relief, Chronicle Data Shows (Chronicle, 10/12)

– Panelists at a Virginia forum on the state of children’s health reflected on how recent legislative changes have negatively impacted children. (InsideNOVA, 10/16)

– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Friday that showed almost 40% of adults and 20% of adolescents in the US are obese. (NBC News, 10/13)

RACISMWhite Supremacist Group Hangs Banner Over American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Downtown Office (WCP, 10/14)

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