“The term desert implies a naturally-occurring phenomenon. Instead, we use the term ‘food apartheid’ to illuminate the policy and social realities of racism, classism, and redlining that shaped our city and continue to shape Oak Cliff’s food crisis.”
Thanks to a partnership with The Cook’s Nook, For Oak Cliff has been able to provide more than 600 meals to residents in the community over the past year.
Using grant money and donations, For Oak Cliff buys meals at a cost that Yeefoon says “is not as such a high cost that is becomes unaffordable to organizations like ours.”
Yeefoon said that the cost of producing these meals in a local kitchen is $12 per meal, while the Cook’s Nook meals are more affordable and accessible.
Over the years, For Oak Cliff has had several food initiatives, including a farmers market that is open twice a month, but this is the first time that they’ve been able to offer prepared meals in such a consistent manner.
The organization has given away more than 600 meals, mostly to young people in the neighborhood, including staffers who work at the nonprofit.