Food DesertsThe College of Agriculture at Virginia State University is excited to invite you to attend the premier of Living in a Food Desert at the Richmond International Film Festival.

The premier will be held at 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2015, at the historic Byrd Theatre. Immediately following the premier, patrons and community partners invite you to participate in a lively panel discussion to be hosted by Daphne Maxwell Reid, renowned actress and co-founder and principal partner of New Millennium Studios.

Project History: In 2013, as a result of Delegate Delores McQuinn’s unwavering passion and commitment to citizens who live in food desert areas, the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates commissioned the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech and the dean of the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University to conduct a study of food deserts in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The deans led a broad-based Task Force that conducted the study and presented their findings to the Speaker of the House of Delegates in 2014. In 2014, Virginia State University created a documentary to bring additional focus and light upon this important topic and begin discussion on ways to address the issue of food deserts. We are honored and delighted to premier this important documentary during the 2015 Richmond International Film Festival.

You can watch the trailer for the movie at the following link:

You can purchase tickets to the festival and to the individual films at

“Living in a Food Desert” Documentary Premiere