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Closing the Food Gap

Closing the Food Gap
From the War on Poverty to new farmers’ markets, a food expert tackles America’s dangerous dietary split.

Closing the Food Gap tells the story of how we get our food: from poor people at food pantries or bodegas and convenience stores to the more comfortable classes, who increasingly seek out organic and local products. Winne’s exploration starts in the 1960s, when domestic poverty was “rediscovered,” and shows how communities since that time have responded to malnutrition with a slew of strategies and methods. But the story is also about doing that work against a backdrop of ever-growing American food affluence and gastronomical expectations.

Calling largely on his own experience in this field, mixing in surprisingly witty observations on our evolving relationships with food, Winne ultimately envisions realistic partnerships in which family farms and impoverished communities come together to address their continuing struggles.

For twenty-five years Mark Winne was the executive director of the Hartford Food System in Hartford, Connecticut. He now writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“‘Closing the Food Gap’ is a deeply moving account of Mark Winne’s long career as an advocate for policies that will ensure adequate nutrition for the poor. Reading this book should make everyone want to advocate for food systems that will feed the hungry, support local farmers, and promote community democracy-all at the same time. I want all my students to read this beautifully written and important book.” – Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University, and author of Food Politics and What to Eat

Individuals can purchase Closing the Food Gap and other Beacon books from a local bookstore, an online bookseller such as Amazon, or our website at www.Beacon.com. Bookstores and other resellers can order books through our distributor, Houghton Mifflin, at 1-800-225-3362.

Orders of 10 or more copies are eligible for discounts. For more information about special sales discounts or affiliate programs please call Katie Spencer, Beacon Press, at 617-948-6573.

For publicity inquiries please call 617-948-6583 or click here to email Gina Frey. You can also click here to contact Mark Winne.

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