Title: Access to Nutritious Food in Urban Settings
Directors: Victoria Baxter, Maggie Conaway, Lindsey Chen
Running Time: 6 minutes and 10 seconds
Victoria Baxter and her two classmates, Maggie Conaway & Lindsey Chen, all Seniors from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in SF, CA, submitted a video entitled, “Access to Nutritious Food in Urban Settings “ to the national 2015 CSPAN StudentCam documentary competition in March, 2015. CSPAN received over 2200 submissions nationwide and selected Victoria, Maggie and Lindsey’s film to receive an Honorable Mention. The project allows students to tackle any topic under the umbrella of “The Three Branches and You: Telling a story of policy, law or action by either the executive, legislative or judicial branch that has affected your community.” The students do all aspects of the project, from the research, video filming, editing and planning to the diverse range of expert interviews. The students demonstrate the highest levels of critical thought and initiative. Their video focused on what is known as food deserts in our communities and how these areas affect the nutrition and well-being of people living in these regions. Food Deserts are places that do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, usually only have small convenience stores, have a high number of fast food restaurants and have a higher population of low income families and homeless. The video describes what can be done to help people stay healthy in these communities with the assistance of government and private businesses and includes interviews with Congresswoman Jackie Speier and California Senator Jerry Hill.