In an effort to teach people about the topic of food deserts at an earlier age, Shalom Farms and other food pantries should get in touch with area public schools. High schoolers are required to take two years of health class. Within these health classes they learn about many lifestyle topics, including nutrition. With the help of organizations like Shalom Farms, teachers can use health and physical education classes to teach students about the issue of food deserts in their area and how students can make a difference.
If high school students are exposed to the concept of food deserts early on, they will be more likely to put in an effort to contribute to this effort. Many high schools require that students fulfill a specific amount of community service hours in order to graduate. By becoming aware of food deserts they will become exposed to a perfect volunteering opportunity, allowing them to more knowledgeably make a difference in their local community.
If Shalom Farms works to educate younger people, they will be helping their own organization along with many other Richmond resource centers. Food deserts aren’t going to go away with just the establishment of food pantries, organizations such as Shalom farms need a plethora of interested volunteers who are passionate about the project. With young, enthusiastic, and aware minds added to the job, Shalom Farms can make an even greater impact in the community.