Neighborhood Improvement Association seeking grant to address food insecurity in Frenchtown

The grant would bring about a lifestyle change in French towners

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA- According to the second harvest of the big bend, 150,000 people or more have been suffering from food insecurity since the pandemic.

With current stats indicating 2.8 million Floridians have less access to nourishment and healthy food, 800,000 are highlighted as children.

With the hope of the United States Department of Agriculture granting on the Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association, a real change in terms of bringing in more healthy food on tables of the neighborhood can be expected.

Marques Williams who visits the Help Shelf Pantry a week said that it’s one place people can find food with the way finance is heading.

While Frenchtown is described to be in a food desert where it lacks options for nutritious and healthy food, the Frenchtown Heritage Hub is said to play a vital role in providing options.

The second Harvest sponsors a food driver every first Friday of the month and you can find the Frenchtown farmer’s market every Saturday morning.

With the FNIA working with the USDA for a grant, it would help farmers and food-related industries to bring better options to the community.

If approved, local farmers will be partnered with other food-related industries and bring about a real lifestyle change.

8-year-old girl dies from coronavirus-related syndrome in Jacksonville

8-year-old girl dies from coronavirus-related

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA: An 8-year-old girl Deaurra Nealy from Jacksonville died from a COVID-19-related syndrome early Saturday morning.

Dearick Nealy, Deaurra’s father said, “She strived to be great at everything, her grades. She had all 100s and a 95, and she thought that wasn’t good enough. That’s the type of person she was. She wanted to uplift people, and she brightened the room when she walked in. I mean, she’s inspired so many people in such a short amount of time. I just knew she was just a perfect child.”

Deaurra was studying at Twin Lakes Academy Elementary.

According to her father, Deaurra died just days after the initial signs of the multisystem inflammatory syndrome. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MIS-C is a disease in kids that follows exposure to the coronavirus.

Dearick said his child’s tests had come back negative for the virus but also reported that she had been infected at one point.

He said, “A perfectly healthy child, just going in for a normal stomach ache and a negative COVID test. And then her fever wouldn’t break.”