On August 30, NBC Chicago featured Pilot Awardee Saria Lofton’s Food Is Medicine project — watch here
I would love for the police budget to disintegrate. I would love for people to be fed every day. I would love for housing to be secure and affordable for everyone. Luxuries should be luxuries, and necessities should be available no matter what. I would love to get healthcare for myself and everybody who needs it.
One lesson from Market Box is how insufficient our existing systems of benefits are. Fifty percent of the people Market Box delivers to qualify for some form of aid—SNAP or Medicaid or Medicare—but 86% of the people we deliver to say that Market Box is very important to their household having enough food to eat.
I’d like to see south side youth have access to activities that challenge them and give them a sense of purpose and a place to feel they belong and can have a direction as far as their everyday struggle.