Milwaukee has been called the "most segregated city in America" and according to a recent study had the highest rate of obesity among African-Americans in the United States. The overwhelmingly minority north side of Milwaukee exists as a "food desert" with little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Similar situations exist in most Upper Midwest "rust belt" cities, including Chicago. Growing Power is committed to making good food accessible and affordable in these cities and others.
Growing Power has created a "Midwest Alliance for a Healthy Future" to combat hunger, malnutrition and obesity in the Midwest Region, and to create a national model to combat these problems nationwide. This project is in concert with the USDA.
The goal is to create sustainable communities "from the ground up" by creating self-sustaining community food systems that will serve as a foundation for economic development.