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Redding Woman Working to Bring Healthy Food to Low Income Neighborhood

Published On: Jan 22 2013 12:38:23 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 01:54:53 AM CST
Redding Woman Working to Bring Healthy Food to Low Income Neighborhood
REDDING, Calif. -

Shasta County has an uphill battle when it comes to socio-economic status.

The unemployment rate is more than twice the national average, and 65 percent of adults are overweight or obese.

The two work against each other, because if you want access to healthy food to help lose weight it usually requires money.

But one Redding woman is working with the Shasta County Department of Public Health to find on a solution to that very problem.  

Tabitha Hammon lives with her husband and their fours kids in Redding's Enterprise neighborhood. The latest census figures identifies the neighborhood as a low income area.

Hammon is stay at home mom and her husband is self employed. The two can't rely on a steady paycheck, so they're hoping a community garden will help provide their kids a healthy option if they can't afford it.

The plan is to build the garden, with community and volunteer help, at an empty lot on Lawrence and Lebrun streets.

Hammon needs approval from the property's owner and the city before they can break ground.

The garden wouldn't be for just the Hammon family. "I want everybody to come out, get involved in it, and really make this about the family and community," said Hammon.

If you'd like to help, contact Erika Bishop at the Shasta County Department of Public Health.

Her number is 530-225-5126.