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Drop Me In! documents the daily challenges many Americans face by working and living amongst those stuggling communities.

The Mississippi Delta has been known as a Food Desert, with lack of access to fresh, natural foods and healthy amenities most of us take for granted. We plan to collaborate with a small community in the region to document the issues of obesity and poverty. Moreover, we plan to create a documentary film on a community effort to implement healthy eating and exercise, to the ultimate goal of a Thanksgiving Road Race. Together with Vani Hari and Brittany Shaw, both food and wellness experts, this bold endeavor is being organized by Daniel Seddiqui, who has been working from the ground up with no pre-existing connections or resources. The film will feature his journey to the heart of Blues Country, rallying various community members both resistant and eager for change, understanding the effects of living in a Food Desert, the health implications and the challenges to improve.
 
This undertaking is a division of Drop Me In! – a documentary project to examine social issues and marginalization across the country through documenting Daniel Seddiqui’s immersion into such communities and environments. Through social media, publications, and documentary footage, Daniel reports on issues that are rarely given the spotlight. To date, Daniel has reported on youth development in Pine Ridge Reservation, the plight of migrant fieldworks in San Joaquin Valley, and is planning his next report on social services in Appalachia. Finally, he is preparing for the biggest mission yet –documenting the issues of obesity in the Mississippi Delta. Vani Hari, also known as the Food Babe, and Brittany Shaw will join Daniel in Mississippi to contribute their knowledge on the issues.

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The biggest risk and challenge of our project is not meeting our expectations – not gaining community involvement, not being able to engage with the community, and therefore not being able to get the footage and research we need for the production that is our ultimate goal. With limited resources and connections, we are taking a huge risk in going for it.

Luckily, Drop Me In! has had a track record of success in uncertain environments, largely due to Daniel’s fearlessness and investigative journalism. Daniel has been able to thrive in the most unpredictable circumstances and gain the trust of those around him. Achieving the proper funding to fulfill the project, combined with Daniel’s persistence and resourcefulness, will ensure our objective is successfully met.

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