Science Café Cleveland presents:



A Tale of Two Food Cities


September 9, 2019



Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health
Case Western Reserve University



Cleveland has a growing reputation for having some of the best restaurants, a robust urban agriculture scene, and innovative food incubators. Cleveland is also one of the largest urban agriculture cities in the country, and has one of the oldest and most successful food policy coalitions. The glow emanating from these assets should not blind us to the fact that there is another Cleveland with seemingly intractable inequities in its local food system, such as high rates of food insecurity and gaps in access to healthy foods for many people. Nearly two-out-of-three Clevelanders live in neighborhoods with limited access to full-service supermarkets. These so-called “food deserts” are proxies for underlying economic, social, and health inequities.

Closing this gap requires strategic changes to the local food system, such as food business development that supports the creation of livable wage jobs for residents in areas with the least access to healthy foods, and community development that better links residents to resources, like housing, transportation, and social supports needed to thrive.More text here

Join us for this month’s session with Professor Darcy Freedman, and engage in reflective deliberations about what it will take to refocus local food systems to achieve food security and nutrition equity in Cleveland and beyond!


This month's speaker has recommended the following links for further exploration of the topic:

"Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood: FoodNEST 2.0"

"Nourishing a Community: How Researchers are Working to Eradicate “Food Deserts”"




The Music Box Supper Club - Concert Hall

1148 Main Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



September 9, 2019

Doors will be open 5:30–9:00 pm (last call at 8:45pm). Presentation and discussion is from 7:00–8:00pm. The Concert Hall will also host a limited menu before and during the event, not to mention a full bar! (Click here to view menu). Come early, get a good seat, grab a bite and a beverage, and enjoy the discussion!



Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and the Music Box Supper Club.