Food and Nutrition

Free Food in Tompkins County

Food pantries, hot meals, farm-fresh local vegetables, and other healthy sustenance is very available in Tompkins County – never let yourself or your family (or your neighbors) go without!

If you don’t know it already (or if you know people who might need this information…) please check out Friendship Donations Network. Here is a listing of pantries and meals and pick-up points, with eligibility information.

For more info on local surpluses and resources, connect with Shira and I via Share Tompkins. We have an active email list and Facebook Group where folks in the community can help get out the word about sharing / mutual aid opportunities, and free housing and food and so on.

If you’d rather give than get at the moment, you could click here to contribute to Friendship Donations Network or here to support Greenstar Community Projects. You can also help to get out the word about FDN’s new Food Hubs, front porches where you can pick up fresh produce. I’m pretty sure there’s a food donation box at Greenstar, though I’m not sure which group is running it. If anyone has good info about food donations and hunger reduction efforts, please leave a comment – thanks!

“the fate of most livestock is that they are murdered by their benefactors”

Charlottes-Web-Terrific-Garth-Williams1Read E.B. White’s poignant explanation for writing Charlotte’s Web (io9):

A farm is a peculiar problem for a man who likes animals, because the fate of most livestock is that they are murdered by their benefactors. The creatures may live serenely but they end violently, and the odor of doom hangs about them always. I have kept several pigs, starting them in spring as weanlings and carrying trays to them all through summer and fall. The relationship bothered me. Day by day I became better acquainted with my pig, and he with me, and the fact that the whole adventure pointed toward an eventual piece of double-dealing on my part lent an eerie quality to the thing. I do not like to betray a person or a creature, and I tend to agree with Mr. E.M. Forster that in these times the duty of a man, above all else, is to be reliable. It used to be clear to me, slopping a pig, that as far as the pig was concerned I could not be counted on, and this, as I say, troubled me. Anyway, the theme of “Charlotte’s Web” is that a pig shall be saved, and I have an idea that somewhere deep inside me there was a wish to that effect.

Solution: Go vegan.

Soil, Struggle and Justice

brazil landless movement

CUSLAR, Latin-American Studies Program and Latino Studies Program Present the Film:

Soil, Struggle and Justice:
Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement

With filmmaker Andreas Hernandez

7pm, Tuesday February 25th
Free
History of Art Gallery, Goldwin Smith Hall Basement level,
Cornell University

This documentary is the story of a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and low cost food for the region, and rehabilitates the earth.

Andreas Hernandez is Chair of the Department of International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

Real men cook

The Ithaca Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is partnering with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) to host a culinary challenge, “Real Men Cook!” on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 5pm-7pm at the GIAC gymnasium located at 301 West Court Street (entrance), Ithaca, NY.

This event showcases the culinary talents of volunteer chefs, who prepare and serve their signature dishes for attendees to enjoy. All money collected from ticket sales goes to the scholarship fund and community service projects.

Come out and vote for the best chef in each category. Vegetarian and Vegan samples will be available!

To purchase tickets, email Schelley Nunn at snunn at twcny.rr.com or Malinda B. Smith at malindab.smith at gmail.com.

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

BlindSpots

GreenStar Community Projects is hosting a benefit concert to raise money to promote healthy food access, education, and food systems in our community. The Blind Spots will be groovin for one of their few nights on the local scene this year in support of these food justice efforts.

Doors open at 6:30pm at the newly renovated The Space @ Greenstar with a suggested $10 donation for admission. We will have beer, wine and snacks at the concession table (tips go to support Loaves and Fishes), and a silent auction full of wonderful gifts from our community.

PLEASE bring a food donation (perishable or non-perishable) for the Friendship Donation Network to be entered into a raffle to win a gorgeous piece of art from Helena Cooper.

The official event poster has been attached. Check out our website for more details on the work we do at GSCP for food justice in our community.

Hope to see you all there!!

Anna Kelles
GSCP volunteer

Note: I don’t know how vegan-friendly this event will be, but I think it’s one many vegans will be interested in!

See Forks Over Knives at Cornell, with Dr T. Colin Campbell

From my friends at Independent Science News:

Upcoming Film Event, this Thursday:

Forks Over Knives Screening at Kaufmann Auditorium (G64 Goldwin-Smith Hall) Cornell University

In the presence of Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Jacob Gould Schurman Prof. Emeritus, Cornell)
Time: Thursday 6th February 7pm

Dr. Campbell is the author of two New York Times Bestselling books: The China Study (2005) and Whole (2013).

Forks over Knives follows the stories of Campbell’s research and Esselstyn’s patients who were diagnosed with a wide range of ailments including cancer, diabetes and heart disease who miraculously recovered simply by switching to a plant-based, whole food diet. “A film that can save your life” – Roger Ebert

This event is organised by the students of Cornell’s Food and Agriculture Critical Thinking (FACT) club and Independent Science News.

Please share this information. The movie is free and open to the public.