Jackson Free Press: service member Graham Downey is helping kids eat more vegetables

by Vergie Redmond

Graham Downey came to Jackson with a mission: to make healthy options for kids in Mississippi more accessible. “It’s one thing to say, ‘Eat healthy,'” Downey says. “It’s another thing to provide kids with healthy options.”

#After graduating in May 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, or Virginia Tech, Downey joined FoodCorps. The New York City-based non-profit assigns service members to work at sites in one of 10 states for one- to four-year stints. The members engage the community, and provide access to and knowledge about healthy food.

#Downey, 22, asked to work with the Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity in Jackson. He wanted to explore the cultural and social differences between our state and his hometown of Falls Church, Va.

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