This Week on One Detroit:

Detroit People’s Food Co-op opening broadens access to healthy foods in the city’s North End

A new Black-led, cooperatively owned grocery store has officially opened in Detroit’s North End neighborhood. The Detroit People’s Food Co-op, a $21 million project that’s been years in the making, started welcoming shoppers on May 1 and will host a grand opening on May 18. The Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network (DBCFSN) and Develop Detroit spearheaded the creation of the co-op. 

The group’s mission is to provide better access to healthy food and uplift the community. The co-op plans to source fresh produce from Black-run urban farms like DTown Farms, the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, the Green Boots Project and others. It will also stock food and wellness products from more than 40 local vendors. 

“We have a model of 50/50. So, like 50% healthy and organic, 50% clean and conventional. So, you’ll see products that you’re used to seeing right next to products that you are not used to seeing,” Detroit People’s Food Co-op Board President Lanay Gilbert Williams said.  

According to United Way’s ALICE Report, which stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained and Employed, around three in four Detroiters may not have access to healthy foods regularly.  

“It’s like 70% of households that meet that ALICE threshold where they’re very likely facing food insecurity on some semi-regular basis,” Detroit Food Map Initiative Project Director Alex Hill said. Detroit has lost roughly a dozen grocery stores in the last decade, he said. 

BridgeDetroit reporter Jena Brooker and One Detroit’s Jonathan Shead examine the impact the food co-op will have on healthy food access and economic development in the city. Brooker talks with DBCFSN’s Executive Director Malik Yakini and its Fund Development Director Dr. Shakara Tyler about being more than just a grocery store, but a place where people can increase their understanding of the full process of their food from seed to shelf. Plus, Brooker talks with one of the local vendors, Zella’s Bakery. 

One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota has been named a finalist for 2023 Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists – Detroit Chapter. Revisit one of his signature stories below.

Push by local Vietnam veterans to rename Post Traumatic Stress Disorder gains momentum

As the nation prepares to commemorate Veteran’s Day, a significant shift in the discourse surrounding mental health is on the horizon. Advocates are pushing for a change in terminology, replacing “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) with “Post Traumatic Stress Injury” (PTSI) in an effort to reduce stigma and encourage more individuals to seek treatment. The group leading this charge, “Honor For All,” is comprised of Vietnam veterans who understand that the impact of trauma extends far beyond the battlefield.  

One of the driving forces behind this movement is Kent Hall, a former Sergeant in Phu Bai with the 220th RAC during the tumultuous year of 1969. Kent has silently battled PTSD for decades, initially unaware of his condition, and even teetered on the precipice of suicide. Thanks to his connection with Doug Price, Thomas Mahany, and Dr. Frank Ochberg at Honor For All, Kent has not only come to understand his struggle but now dedicates his time to educating others. He shares his experiences and insights, emphasizing that PTSD is not a weakness, but a wound that deserves healing, with the goal of helping veterans and their families find the support they need. 

The debate surrounding the renaming of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) hinges on more than just semantics. While both terms encompass the same set of symptoms, the crucial distinction lies in their conceptualization. PTSD traditionally defines these symptoms as a disorder, while PTSI reimagines them as a biological injury. Mental health experts have long recognized physical alterations in the nervous system in PTSD, and some argue that the change in terminology could alter public perception of the condition and reduce stigmas around it.  

One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota explores these issues and more in his conversation with Honor For All activists and mental health experts, shedding light on a movement that may change the landscape of mental health support for veterans and several other groups affected by the condition. 

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum working to preserve Detroit’s automotive history with new funding

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, located in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, is an integral part of the Motor City’s legacy. Built in 1904 by Henry Ford, the plant was the birthplace of the Model T. “It was really the Silicon Valley of its day,” Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum President and COO Jill Woodward said. 

Visitors to the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum can see over 65 rare vehicles including a collection of Ford’s letter cars that preceded the Model T plus a rebuilt version of the secret experimental room where Ford made the very first one.  

This year, the plant — now a U.S. National Historic Landmark and nonprofit museum — turned 120 years old. Recently, the plant was awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to support infrastructure improvements and increase accessibility to its visitors.  

The volunteer group behind the nonprofit that turned the plant into a public museum has also taken on a $10 million capital campaign for renovations and preservation of the historic structure for the future. One Detroit’s Chris Jordan took a tour of the museum with Woodward to learn about the iconic collection of Detroit automotive history that sits within its walls.

One Detroit Weekend: May 10, 2024

Celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend with performances, a pottery event and more. You can also celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Detroit’s Eastern Market. Plus, don’t miss “The Cunning Little Vixen” at Detroit Opera, the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions and more happening in the city and beyond this weekend. Contributors Dave Wagner and Cecelia Sharpe of 90.9 WRCJ share what else is coming up on “One Detroit Weekend.” 

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