This song is gonna make you go H.A.M. – as long as that ham is made from a plant-based meat substitute. With the dope beat, catchy hook, and sustainable message . . . This is our new favorite song. Seriously. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. First, let’s introduce these young MC’s.
The youth interns from Appetite For Change’s Youth Employment and Training Program recently teamed up with JT from Beats and Rhymes, a rap group that created the Hot Cheetos and Takis song. Appetite for Change is a North Minneapolis nonprofit organization that uses food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change. Though these kids may be young, their newest single, Grow Food, tackles a very real problem their community faces – food deserts.
The song’s first few bars get right to the heart of the matter: “See in my hood there ain’t really much to eat. Popeye’s on the corner, McDonald’s right across the street. All this talk about guns and drugs, pretty serious, but look at what they feedin y’all, that’s what’s really killin’ us. Please change.”
The song goes on to speak about the lack of fresh ingredients in school lunches and the lack of access to fresh produce in their community. They even poke fun at themselves as saying, “Hot Cheetos and Takis – boy you better eat your broccoli. Fake food is kind of lame putting poison in your brain.” They rap about starting community gardens and bringing the Slow Food Movement to their community.
The Appetite for Change kids are not alone, urban communities all across the U.S. are starting grassroots food movements that not only teach the importance of healthy food, but also teach individuals how to grow their own. By empowering people to grow their own fresh, sustainable, organic food, movements like this are sending a message – healthy food should be available to all, not some.
If you’re inspired by this message, you can become part of the movement by joining a community garden or starting one of you own. To learn more about Appetite for Change and how you can help, click here.