A Stroll About (German)town

If the onions don't make you cry the fur might make you gag.

If the onions don’t make you cry the fur might make you gag.

It didn’t take long to find some issues with the food circulating around the Germantown area. Here, we see a trusty “watchcat” guarding a store… a bit too close to the available food. The dogs must be guarding the meat.

For people in the area there’s a large variety of local take out establishments. Thankfully the ones you’d come across are kept clean, however fried foods and take-out doesn’t always make for the most nutritional meals.

Man waits for his order at a Chinese food restaurant off Olney Avenue.

Man waits for his order at one of the many local cornershops.

Those wishing to buy some food to cook at home however are in luck. This meat selection at a nearby market showed clear signs of making better efforts to provide locals with nutritional, healthy products.

Good red meat at good low prices.

Good red meat at good low prices.

Although there’s always room for improvement. While most of the fruit seemed fine, it wasn’t all clearly in the best condition or ripeness.

Bruised produce, the apples had it coming.

Bruised produce, the apples had it coming.

While we can already see some of the effects in the effort to provide Germantown with more nutritional offerings, there is still more that can be done.

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Nourishing Connections for Malnourishment Projects

LaSalle grad Tom Wingert spoke to students about the importance of networking between the different food providers in Germantown last Thursday night.

Wingert, who holds a Political Science degree from LaSalle, previously worked with his organization The Germantown Hunger Network to help companies in the area better organize food security for residents in the area. “You have a lot of organizations that are doing a lot of work that feeds hungry people,” Wingert explained, “but those programs are kind of all over the place.”

“What I wanted to do was try to work with all these organizations and bring them to one neighborhood.” Wingert and his organization’s efforts desire to better utilize the ideas and people behind them to more effectively fight hunger. He explained how residents reliant on food stamps had less nutritional options, as most of the food markets would receive produce at the same time, often leaving consumers without any food by the end of the month.

These ongoing efforts are a part of Exploring Nutrition, a neighborhood improvement project driven by co-operation between urban universities and local businesses or community organizations.

Wingert eventually plans to leave Lasalle and turn his organization over to his community partners.

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