STLFPC Member Spotlight on Erica Williams from A Red Circle
How did you get started working in the food system?
I live in a region with more fast food and frozen food restaurants and stores and, this ‘food swamp,’ as I call it, contributes to unhealthy lifestyles and low economic interest in the community.
What part of the food system do you work on?
I work on serving and promoting local food and increasing healthy food access.
What is the mission of A Red Circle?
The holistic betterment of our community; reversing the effects of racism one person and cause at a time.
What do you wish people knew about the food system in St. Louis?
The term food desert, although coined by the USDA, is a misnomer because there is food available. It’s just not as healthy as it is in other regions. Poorer communities lack fresh produce options because the offerings at the stores are lower in quality.
How do you envision the future of the food system in St. Louis?
Fresh, local, and affordably priced. Nicer restaurants in North County and fewer fast food. More fresh produce in convenience stores and less frozen, processed food.