LUMBERTON — Local movie-goers are being asked to trade their soda and popcorn for wine and actual corn during a special screening of the documentary “Edible City” at the Carolina Civic Center.
The Sept. 9 event, which is being hosted by the newly formed nonprofit Food For Thought Community Garden will be dedicated to raising awareness about locally grown produce, as well as a way to raise money for the Food For Thought project. Attendees will be given samples of locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as be treated to wine and juices. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, and $8 for seniors and children 12 years old and younger.
“A major problem in Robeson County has been health,” said BreAnna Branch, founder of the Lumberton Food For Thought Community Garden. “Statistically, we are not a healthy county. We have obesity problems, heart problems, stroke problems … How many fast food places do we have in Lumberton alone? With this event we don’t want to focus on just community gardening, we have some amazing farmers who offer very cheap prices. We want to connect people with the different local farmers.”
The Food For Thought Community Garden project was started last year by Branch, and operates entirely through the help of volunteers and donations. The focus of the project has been to help educate the community about gardening, food insecurity and health.
The film, “Edible City,” is a 55-minute documentary that highlights what it calls the “broken food system” in the United States and offers solutions.
Currently the Food For Thought Community Garden has a location for 20 plant beds located at 505 N. Pine St. All of the plants are maintained by volunteers.
Branch, who recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, began the group as a way of giving back to a community that she feels has not prioritized eating healthy because of economic hardships that have plagued the county for decades.
“My parents are entrepreneurs and I see how successful people they have been, but I see the other side of those who have been very unsuccessful,” Branch said. “I want to help those who haven’t been as successful in Robeson County. There is a large population who use food stamps, and people have to depend on things like Lumberton Christian Care, and we do have a homeless population here in Robeson County. Trying to make that connection between people who have the resources and those who do not have the resources. It is easy to see starvation when you see people in the streets starving in some Third World country but it is harder to recognize it in your own community.”
For information, call 910-258-0058.