New Wyandanch Food Share kick-off went great!
It’s been something of an incredible week for Long Island Food Not Bombs & Community Solidarity, Inc. For starters, this past Saturday (August, 18th) we just kicked off our brand-new weekly Wyandanch Food Share. It was phenomenal!
Starting early in the morning, volunteers collected fresh produce and bouquets of flowers for distribution across Wyandanch’s Straight Path Corridor. Dozens came out to participate – and the excitement around this chapter is something that really must be personally experienced.
This, our sixth weekly distribution location, has been a longtime coming and I’m extremely grateful for all the support we’ve gotten. If you’re interested in volunteering at our new Wyandanch location, or any of our other Food Share locations, please feel free to contact us ( LongIslandFoodNotBombs [at] gmail [dot] com ). Or if you’re looking for ways to help out, you can always check out our websites, “Get Involved” section.
Indeed, six weekly distribution locations is a lot, but what many people don’t realize is that Community Solidarity, Inc (our nonprofit) also distributes to dozens of other soup kitchens and community programs each week! This is a massive operation and its focus isn’t merely to share free food. Community Solidarity’s focus is to share healthy food and to build stronger bonds of community while doing so.
In furtherance of this goal, I’m happy to announce that together we distributed over thirty-four thousand pounds of fresh produce last week! This included hearty leafy greens, like kale and collards; summer fruits like peaches, plums, pluots and apricots; hearty vegetables like squash, corn, eggplants and kohlrabi; and hundreds of other great varieties of produce
Our new Wyandanch Food Share is just one of many spaces across Long Island and the NYC metropolitan area where all that fresh produce was distributed last week. For the most part, at all our distribution locations, people get nearly everything they need for the week. The effects of sharing in this manner, on a local community, are astounding.
People gain more free time to spend with their children. People can save some money to help pay for their rent or other expenses. More importantly though, sharing, the way we do, creates new bonds in the community. It forces us all to work with one another, to learn from one another, to help ourselves and eventually, overtime, to become strong enough to help others. That’s the sprite of Long Island Food Not Bombs and I am damn proud to say I see it in the eyes of all our volunteers each and everyday.
I really can’t thank you all enough for your support. Fall is right around the corner and I hope everyone is just as excited as I am for our annual Thanksgiving and Holiday celebrations. In the mean time though, we still need a ton of help with our Back-2-School drive. There’s many ways to help and you can learn more here.
Solidarity, Not Charity!
JonSTeps & Long Island Food Not Bombs.
Posted Aug 20 2012 - 9:30pm by LongIslandFNB