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Natilee M
Fairview Avenue
(Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery Counties )
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the project

You may know that Alabama is the second most obese state in the nation and that our obesity rate for children age 10-17 is 16.1%, making us ninth in the nation.

On the other hand, 19.2% of our population is food insecure, and we are the fourth most poverty-stricken state in the nation.

The Food Turn Up is a program of the River Region Food Policy Council ("RRFPC") that gathers information on the food systems of Tuskegee, Ft. Deposit and Montgomery communities in Central Alabama. We strive to find out what food-related issues (hunger, obesity, economics, waste, etc.) are most important to each community and what we can do to help.

Our job is to take this information, document it, and provide guidance in fixing unhealthy food systems.

the steps

Information Gathering

Currently, we are completing the data collection phase—tabling at events, teaching food systems classes, administering our short survey and conducting in-depth interviews with food-system stakeholders.

Coalition Building

Everyone has a place at our table. From parents to policymakers, we try to bring people of all ages together to improve the food system. Everyone has a stake in our region’s food system and we can all be strong advocates for change.

Community-Based Action  

We work to link people to information so they can fight food-related chronic disease and hunger in their own communities, while finding ways to support our local farmers and simultaneously improving the Alabama economy and the health of our families.

why we're doing it

It’s all about education, the economy and eating well.

Our purpose is to help influencers across Alabama learn more about the food system challenges in low-income communities.

We provide useful information on the communities in Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties as a way to equip each community with knowledge of its food system, to empower each community, and to inform future grants and policy choices in Alabama and across the U.S.

We are leading the way in Alabama for respectful, relevant and community based food systems research.



Printing 150 assessment reports: $1,500

Infographic design and assessment layout and graphics: $650

Printing 500 infographic brochure: $2,250 

Food Turn Up Classes for Youth and Adults (3): $750

Data reveal listening sessions in three counties (3): $400/session= $1,200

SUBTOTAL = $6,350
ioby Platform Fee  waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) waived



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