Dealing with different communities on the field

Our goal during this internship is to reach out to any community whether or not they have food stamps regardless of their socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity and education level. The important task is to make sure that we get the message out there. We want to make sure that people all around the country are cognizant that they can use their EBT benefits in a totally holistic way. In fact,they can purchase edible plants and seeds to grow their own garden. By doing so, they can eat in a more healthy way since they are planting their own vegetables, they can also stay physically active by gardening. They are also able to have a sense of community belonging for they can plant with their friends or teach people in their neighborhoods how to plant which, in the end, is good for their mental health. During our outreach luckily, we have posters that translate our message in different language such as Spanish, Haitian creole and so forth. So if someone asks us, if they can read they can also comprehend the message that we are trying to convey.

There are other barriers of course that impede us from delivering the message that we are trying to give. For instance, if the person neither speaks English nor can’t read, how do we go about delivering the message if we don’t have an interpreter on site? This can prove to be a real challenge. We try as hard as possible to reach out to many people but sometimes, if the person cannot read , that can be problematic .We try nevertheless by asking around for help or can also try to inform using images,mimics to demonstrating how to buy edible plants using the food stamps card.

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