In Part 2, of TwoJunes 3-part series on The Sustainable Food Movement’s Dirty Little Secret, they delve into the realities of the working poor, and the substantial challenges people with limited means face in providing healthy meals for their families. In America, not only are the rich getting richer, they are also thinner, and the poor are disproportionately prone to obesity, even though (or especially because of the fact) they have little money to spend on food.
Airs: Tuesday, February 3 at 4:00AM PST
Parts 1 & 2 of a 3-part interview with Marion Kalb, director of the Farm to School program, part of the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC).
Airs: February 2 & 4 at 4:00AM (PST) Monday; Wednesday
Food security, food education, supporting local farmers, reducing childhood obesity, and promoting more enlightened eating choices for (k-12) school kids, is a worthy challenge, and it can be done. In fact, in areas where a fresh foods program has been implemented, the kids have surprised even the budget-conscious school administrators, there was less food waste, and the kids ate the food! Part 1, Marion Kalb provides a clear vision of what farm to school is all about, the benefits, and the challenges of creating such a program, and why it’s so important for kids to be exposed in the school environment to healthy, fresh foods. Parts 2 and 3 examine the policy issues involved at the various government levels, and how politicians, school lunchroom administrators, school boards, kids and parents, can all be part of the solution. Part 3 also offers practical advice how to begin a farm to school program in your neighborhood school district.
Blog For Food and support your local Food Bank: Please help!
As the economy weakens, and people are losing their jobs, and their homes, more than ever, there is a national (ongoing) need to help support your local Food Bank. For those going through serious financial distress, this may be their lifeline for survival, and the survival of their family. In the Portland, Oregon area, Blog For Food offers specific ways you can help:
The Portland, Oregon, campaign, Blog For Food, is asking people to make contributions to the Oregon Food Bank, in one of the following:
- Go to the Oregon Food Bank website, and make a donation on their website: (please give credit to the “Blog For Food” campaign for recognition of their hard work, and to measure the drive’s success.
- People are also encouraged to mail in their contributions to the following address: Oregon Food Bank, P.O. Box 55370, Portland, Oregon 97237. Again, please also mention the “blog for food” campaign along with your donation.
- Those wishing to drop off canned foods instead of making a financial donation, may do so at the following location: Saraveza, located at 1004 N. Killingsworth, Portland.
Blog For Food Contact Information:
The Blog For Food goal is to reach $5000. Periodic updates on the Pacific NW Cheese Project site will be made available on their progress. For further information, contact: Tami Parr