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Food System Stories: Marisha's Story

Updated: Feb 1, 2022

This post is part of a series of community-driven storytelling about experiences in our regional food system, called Food System Stories.

Starting with the Community Advisory Board of our Community Voices in Food Movement project, we are capturing videos, images, and words to spotlight what residents of our neighborhoods do to feed themselves and their families.

Food System Stories are being used to facilitate discussion about systems change in our Community Voices meetings and in conversations with decision makers in partner organizations.


Marisha lives in Lower Price Hill, where she works as an entrepreneur and contributes to various community projects, including Your Store of the Queen City. Marisha also serves on the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council’s Community Advisory Board. In these abridged interview videos, Marisha shares the recent history of food access in her neighborhood, explains why she is so excited about the upcoming opening of the new Meiser's Fresh Grocery & Deli, and discusses some of the other food issues she sees in her community.


That's why I really don't go [to food pantries]. Yes, I'm hungry, but you're not allowed to give me anything. That's like if I'm your best friend, and you know I don't eat beans, why would you bring me a burrito with beans?


This work is supported by APHA, a membership association that champions the health of all people and all communities, with support from the Aetna Foundation, an independent, charitable, philanthropic affiliate of CVS Health. The views presented here are those of the author and not necessarily those of the American Public Health Association or the Aetna Foundation, its directors, officers, or staff.


🎤 If you have a story to tell, get in touch with us through our Food Systems Analyst, Maddie, at

Check out other Stories in this series. and come back soon for new Stories.

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