Women’s group works to eliminate food insecurities in south Phoenix

PHOENIX — Maria Parra Cano clearly recalls the moment she decided to help craft the 2025 Phoenix Food Action Plan, whose five goals include healthful food for everyone and strengthening the local economy.In fall 2018, Cano was at the Maryvale Community Center in west Phoenix to talk about amaranth, an ancient grain with medicinal properties, when a mother asked where she could find it.’This is a problem because I shouldn’t have to go to six different places just to put this food on the table,’ Cano remembers telling the group.