“Changing the Way We Eat”

I awoke to a once normal, but now shocking, scene: snow! During a very atypical winter, I had made plans, never thinking they would be derailed by a mini storm. Unfortunately, our four inches canceled my trip. Today was Tedx Manhattan’s “Changing the Way We Eat” event, and I going to attend a viewing party at a great farm an hour away.

Instead, I fired up my laptop decided to create my own viewing  blogging party! Throughout the day, I joined thousand of other web participants where we collectively learned about brilliant projects that are designing a better food system, one step at a time. Some of these brainchilds included recirculating farms, green walls providing food and entrepreneurial skills to middle schoolers in the Bronx, and the Organic Therapy Project which is helping veterans re-acclimate through the producing food.

While it’s impossible to have a favorite amongst such inspiring stories, there was one that spoke to me and my passion for seeing the eradication of hunger. When Gary Oppenheimer stated that “the opposite of hungry isn’t full- it’s healthy”, I knew I would like his work! Ampleharvest.org was created for those with plenty to give to those in need. If you know a garderner, chances are you have been ‘blessed’ with their overabduance of zucchini or another group. This site connects the dots, of those with ample fresh food with those in need of it. Best of all, it empowers community members to take care of their community. All that was needed was a bit of knowledge sharing. Having worked at a food pantry that was in desperate need of fresh produce, I’m so grateful for this tool.

Today, I heard from individuals who started with nothing more than an idea. They didn’t start with capital, it came to them along the way. They weren’t handed the map, the improvised with their idea. Their interest was not solely self-serving, it was beneficial to a much larger audience: their local and global communities.

There is so much creativity in how we change systems. Go radical, dream big, put your hands and heart to work.  Starting small to a major food overhaul. That is how we will see change.

We are ready for you.

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One response

  1. Thank you, Kate! Gary Oppenheimer created AmpleHarvest.org to connect the dots between gardeners and food pantries. It’s a tool that’s free to use for all that is having a real impact in the fight against not just hunger, but malnutrition and obesity. The campaign is successful because caring individuals are taking the time to share their produce and to help spread the word so that others can too!

    Amazing stories and ideas were shared at TEDx Manhattan’s “Changing the Way We Eat.” It’s all of the people who listen to those stories, say Yes! and do something with the information that makes them all such powerful tools for change.

    Please visit http://www.AmpleHarvest.org/waystohelp to learn more about the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign and spread the word and http://www.ampleharvest.org/find-pantry.php to find a local food pantry to start sharing produce with your hungry neighbors.

    Here’s to eradicating hunger, together.

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