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I really want to thank Tanikka for a wonderful chat up until now. She's agreed to keep it going for awhile - now, to make it really interesting, can we have more members ask questions to Tanikka based on their personal interpretations so far? Does anyone have any comments? Recommendations? Leads for Tanikka to follow? Volunteer or partnership ideas?

I think this project merits national attention, and am blown away by the scope of what she's trying to achieve. THANK YOU Tanikka, for being with us so far! You've been fantastic, and I'm very excited that we can keep going with this.

You're gonna be famous!

Cheers,

Rocks.

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I really want to thank Tanikka for a wonderful chat up until now. She's agreed to keep it going for awhile - now, to make it really interesting, can we have more members ask questions to Tanikka based on their personal interpretations so far? Does anyone have any comments? Recommendations? Leads for Tanikka to follow? Volunteer or partnership ideas?

I think this project merits national attention, and am blown away by the scope of what she's trying to achieve. THANK YOU Tanikka, for being with us so far! You've been fantastic, and I'm very excited that we can keep going with this.

You're gonna be famous!

Cheers,

Rocks.

Thank you for inviting me to do this, and I too am excited!

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Since I am to update on my day to day tasks- Here we go:

Today is a very interesting day of the week for me, because we are getting in gear for the weekend - markets, and senior deliveries.

But even more so today because we have officially submitted a proposal to Washington Parks and People to use the Riverside Center for our Fresh Start Market/ Cafe. We even received a call from North Carolina to replicate the same thing there- which is GREAT! But we still would need to findraise to do so!

So since I have the floor I am hoping someone can answer my question.

What is a fair proposed price for payment for the use of a site (both organizations are nonprofits) to put on a program like our Fresh Start Market/ Cafe? We want to set the amount as a percentage of our net profits. Any profits from the market are going towards paying employees and to create opportunities to train more people in the community- so we don't want to take too much from that but we have to pay for our space. Any suggestions?

Ok so back to my day- we have confirmed our food is being harvest, we have vans sent out or leaving tomorrow to get items, and we have market staff ready to go. We are sending out flyers as a reminder for markets, and this week no co-op so that makes things a little easier on me.

During my childrens nap time : I am planning for our Healthy for the Holiday Box distribution at the libraries east of the river on December 22nd so I am sending out reminders to families that haven't ordered yet to do so, and having some youth send out flyers in the community and place them at libraries. I also am holding a conference call about starting 3 youth garden this summer and having youth in public housing run it.

Later this evening I am going over next weeks class information with a nutritionist. I am talking to DOH about starting a breastfeed incentive program using fresh fruits and vegetable for women on WIC. Then shutting down early tonight because tomorrow we visit farms to get ready for next years crop needs for the co-op!

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By now, those who have been reading can understand why I expected that when I met Tanikka, she would be wearing a superhero cape! She has so many great ideas for ways of helping her community eat better, and involving kids to help broaden their horizons and develop life skills.

What I would like to ask Tanikka is to provide a "wish list" of sorts. What do you need, or need help with, in order to accomplish some of your goals? And more specifically, are there ways that you envision that people who would like to work with you or help you can do that?

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Given your reliance on local farms, how do you keep going during the long months between the apple harvest and the first greens next season? Do you have a particular commitment to organic produce? And, have you asked for or received any support from the office of our famously healthy Mayor?

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By now, those who have been reading can understand why I expected that when I met Tanikka, she would be wearing a superhero cape! She has so many great ideas for ways of helping her community eat better, and involving kids to help broaden their horizons and develop life skills.

What I would like to ask Tanikka is to provide a "wish list" of sorts. What do you need, or need help with, in order to accomplish some of your goals? And more specifically, are there ways that you envision that people who would like to work with you or help you can do that?

Thank you Zora!

I will definately get that list out!

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Given your reliance on local farms, how do you keep going during the long months between the apple harvest and the first greens next season? Do you have a particular commitment to organic produce? And, have you asked for or received any support from the office of our famously healthy Mayor?

We rely a lot on local farms, but we also source from other places as well. So we bring in oranges from Florida. We also source a lot from down south (ga., al, nc, and ms.). We also fly some stone fruit over from the west coast as well. We use transportation companies and have then back haul us things in to keep cost down. But if it's not local it has to be from a certified organic farm, or one I have been to myself to know that they use organic methods ( from the seeds to fertilizers)only because they are too small to require a organic certification. I am very particular about what we feed people. I believe that if you’re willing to pay even a penny for it you deserve the best quality and best food that is available.

No support from the Mayor, no one actually want to meet with us either, I have sent some emails, and I'm told " your doing such great work", but that’s as far as the communication with them goes. I even asked about trying to supply them with turkeys for their giveaways during thanksgiving holiday- they informed me that they source from SHARE (the Maryland based nonprofit) and they weren’t interested. I asked if they could help us with distributing our Healthy for the Holidays boxes, they also informed me that they couldn’t help with that since people would have to purchase food, and they don’t help with a program that would require the purchase of anything.

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What I would like to ask Tanikka is to provide a "wish list" of sorts. What do you need, or need help with, in order to accomplish some of your goals? And more specifically, are there ways that you envision that people who would like to work with you or help you can do that?

So in a perfect world these are the things and services we need to make all of our programs work

Wish list

Money to expand training and outreach/ markets/ and fresh start program

Newsletters made up 4 times a year

Co-op membership cards printed

Co-op gift cards printed up

Flyers printed

Flyers distributed

Places to hold markets

Admin help (return emails, answer calls)

Volunteers for co-op pick up points

Volunteers to deliver food

Volunteers for event set ups

Volunteer Guest Chef for cooking/ nutrition classes

Volunteer Guest Chef for markets

Volunteers to pack Freggie Boxes

Pots/ Pans

Cook ware

Cleaning supplies

Mixing bowls

Tables for markets

New market banners

EBT wireless machine

Disposable plates/ napkins and trays

Cutting boards

Chef hats

Chef coats

Kitchen volunteers to help youth produce value added products ( cut up produce to make fruit cups, salads, salsa, ect)

Re-usable bag for delivery of boxes (DDOE is all out)

New Logo for the Fresh Start

Passenger vehicle to transport youth and adults

Our own delivery van (refrigerated)

A warming table

Coffee machines

Juicers

Refrigerators

Shelves

Café tables

Café chairs

Refrigerated produce bar

Cash registers

Checkout counter

Display racks

Wood to make garden boxes

Tiller

Organic fertilizer / compost

Garden supplies ( sign posts, shovels, racks, compost bins)

Market supplies ( baskets, signs, bags)

Land to grow produce on (not far from ward 7 and 8 for easy commute for youth and adults)

Easier website designed to take orders and do outreach and education

Adult educators (financial literacy, literacy, nutrition education, life skills, cooking, healthy lifestyles)

Cook books ( help us make and produce one for the community)

Aprons

Disposable gloves

An assistant- to go meeting and programs in my place so I can do more homeschooling

Ways to help expand what we do:

letting people know we exist,

letting people know we need help,

letting others know what some needs are east of the river.

Hosting co-op pick up points

Hosting co-op box distribution in your place of business or work

Hosting fundraisers for us

Volunteering in some of the roles listed above

Helping us with policy work- trying to get some rules changed- like Public housing and not allowing us to set up markets on in communities of greatest need

Providing pro bono services: lawyers, accountants, website design, marketing, distribution, educators

Assisting with youth garden that we are starting

Helping us design. Set up and start the Fresh Start Market/ Café

Help us set up an culinary training curriculum (the one we are looking at would cost us $6,000.00)

Offer spaces so we can teach cooking classes/ and culinary training in other places east of the river

Offer time to be a guest chef

Blog about us

Come out a purchase from us

Any thing else your willing to help us to expand in other areas, and have skills to help us with we will greatly appreciate.

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I wanted to add one more note, because I was asked this question off board.

If anyone is willing to donate any items to Healthy Solutions we are a federally recognized 501 © 3 so your donations would be tax deductible and would submit to you a receipt of your donation to use for tax purposes.

Also yes we will take used kitchen equipment if it is from a commercial kitchen.

Thanks for all the inquiries

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I have another story,

Last February I was sitting and talking with some women in ward 7. They were telling me of some of the health issues that their families are facing. One mothers story stood out to me so much that her oldest daughter later on became one of our youth interns.

So this mother we will call her Eva. Eva is a 34 year old mother of 4 with her oldest being a girl ( our now youth intern) who is 16, he other children are all boys 14, 11, and 9.

So I asked then women (it was a group of 6 of us), what did they see or did they feel where some of the health challenges that their families face. Eva without hesitation told me that she didn’t understand why these doctors tell you to do things that are impossible for you to do. I asked her to explain. She told us that her 11 year old son had seen 3 different doctors, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when he was 10. She said the doctors said he has to lose weight and eat better. Her 11 year old son who we will call Derrick stands all of 5’0 and weights 280lb.

Eva explained how she felt helpless, every doctor tells her the same thing – eat better and get exercise. But he has no place safe to play outside and the food in the grocery store is to expensive to feed a growing boy. She’s tried getting him fruits and vegetables but when she spent over 30.00 in the store for enough food for him alone – when she got home from her 2 hour bus ride, the food was spoiled or dry in the inside. She explained that since she takes government assistance she has to go through extreme red tape to get her son different services. And finally services she was able to get her son enrolled into the bus and train ride over was so long that he was dropped for not being on time. She just wanted something that would help her family! She didn’t want her children to suffer because of what she didn’t know. She felt that her hands were tied. One other woman asked how Derrick was doing in school. Eva explained to he was a straight B student until 2 months back when one of his doctors, put him some medication, and his moods started to swing. He got so emotional at one time that he attacked a student, and threw a chair across the room. She said the medicines were making him worse. She went on to explain that one day he even tried to attack his sister, and they had to call 911, when the police got there they sent him to the hospital where he was right now, in the psychiatric unit. She broke down in tears and said she didn’t know what to do, but she knew this was no way for her child to have to live.

So I told her that I couldn’t get her son out of the hospital on my own, but I can make sure her family has the food they need. I told her that her daughter (who was looking for a job now) would be more than welcomed to work with us. And since she is a youth intern she would get her stipend and free fresh fruits and vegetables every week.

Derrick later got out of the hospital, but since he had been so long out of school he had to make up in summer school or stay back a grade. He still is now under different medication to control his temper.

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So I was thinking of something to write about today.

And I came across a very interesting article in the post today called Missing more than a meal

When I read the articles on line I always feel inclined to read the comments. Especially when they are over 100 of them like on this article.

So the article puts into perspective these families that have a great need, and that their needs are not being met, however I do think that these families could have benefit from more than just food benefits- things like basic shopping education and financial planning. I do like the project idea of showing people what the faces of hunger (those who are food insecure) look like. I applaud the effort to make eradicate hunger by 2015

I think there a lot of dynamics that play a part in food insecurity and hunger- besides access.

1) If the places that one can access food, and they are not affordable- then who can pay to eat them, so you go with out

2) If you depend on program to provide you with free food consistently how will you learn to be self- reliant and acquire the skills to make your family healthy and sustainable ( I don’t see anything wrong with free food programs- but often time people rely on them when they have no need to- but if they are taught financial literacy which would include how and where you can shop, etc- one would gain the skills so they wouldn’t have to rely completely on free programs when they are capable (physically, and mentally) to do for themselves.

3) The overall cost to live strains so hard on families that sometimes you literally have to choose not to eat healthy in order to pay for your electric bill.

I don’t think sending millions to food banks in the only answer to solving the problem of hunger. If we can create jobs, and give people tools to enable themselves to economically feed themselves and their families than hunger can be elevated, but it would require all these components and more to make that happen to end child hood hunger by 2015.

But my reason for bring this article up is to express of my opinion on some of the comments, and to relay them back to what we do as a organization.

I noticed most comments on the article expressed a lot of anger on what people do who receive government benefits. Some even went to explain what people who are “poor” should do with their money if they had only 20.00 or 5.00 to spend to stretch them to the end of the month. many gave a lot of suggestion on how one can eat healthy instead of going hungry. But these commenter’s fail to realize- or maybe they lack information- that not every neighborhood has the same food options as others. Healthy Foods cost more in low income areas (and there are studies that show that). So if healthy foods cost more than their money doesn’t stretch as far as if they purchased unhealthy foods.

I have noticed that if you don’t live in “poor” (which I think is a very poor choice of words to use – low income) areas, then they don’t know what it’s like to try to feed your family- if you’re on government assistance or not. The grocery stores and carry outs that are in low income areas have poor choices of food variety, often time very overly ripe produce, and very high prices on healthy foods. On comment said that if you have 5.00 you can buy “ AT LEAST a 1 pound bag of dry beans and a 1 pound bag of brown rice”. Unfortunately you have to be live close to a grocery store to purchase those items. And you have to hope that grocery store does carry brown rice. When your store does carry brown rice it will mostly cost you about 3.98 for it on a low price. The beans (1lb) will cost you 2.89 on special. I agree with the comment on McDonalds- and the unfortunate thing is that no matter what neighborhood your in the $1.00 menu still cost a dollar now other items are of question, but if you can make unhealthy things 1.00 thy can’t they work to make more healthy things 1.00 as well- especially since there are more McDonalds in low income areas as there are full service grocery stores.

Unfortunately there are huge disparities in what foods are accessible to ALL communities. As long as this disparity exists issues that low income communities face will stay the same, and for these reasons and many many more is why Healthy Solutions will continue to do what it does!

I just felt the need to share!

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I noticed most comments on the article expressed a lot of anger on what people do who receive government benefits. Some even went to explain what people who are “poor” should do with their money if they had only 20.00 or 5.00 to spend to stretch them to the end of the month. many gave a lot of suggestion on how one can eat healthy instead of going hungry. But these commenter’s fail to realize- or maybe they lack information- that not every neighborhood has the same food options as others. Healthy Foods cost more in low income areas (and there are studies that show that). So if healthy foods cost more than their money doesn’t stretch as far as if they purchased unhealthy foods.

I agree with the comment on McDonalds- and the unfortunate thing is that no matter what neighborhood your in the $1.00 menu still cost a dollar now other items are of question, but if you can make unhealthy things 1.00 thy can’t they work to make more healthy things 1.00 as well- especially since there are more McDonalds in low income areas as there are full service grocery stores.

Unfortunately there are huge disparities in what foods are accessible to ALL communities. As long as this disparity exists issues that low income communities face will stay the same, and for these reasons and many many more is why Healthy Solutions will continue to do what it does!

Tanikka -- do you feel there is more of a stigma attached to using food benefits than, for example, to being on Medicaid? Also, is the higher cost of fresh, healthy food in low-income areas a function of markets merely trying to stay open in areas that can't support them -- i.e., why does broccoli cost more in a low-income area that in a wealthy area? Is it that, in a high-income market, the conventional broccoli has to compete against local and/or organic foods and so underprices itself, or are there other factors at play; and, more importantly, how can they be negated so that the people who need these foods have affordable access to them?

A lot of the literature out there will cite government subsidies for corn and beef as the reason that McDonald's (for example) can have a dollar menu full of hamburgers with ketchup, but not fresh salads. Yet, the government is also providing the food benefits to these low-income communities. Where do we start if we want to reconcile this disparity? A two-pronged attack is difficult (it's going to split resources)- so what's the answer -- other than doing what you are doing?

Until we answer that, though, thank goodness you are doing what you are doing; it's such an important, massive undertaking, probably thankless most of the time, but so needed and so inspiring. Well done!!

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Now that Tanikka's chat has been going on for a week, I'd like to turn the tables a little bit. I'd like to draw on the ingenuity and creativity of the DR community to come up with ideas and suggestions, not for what Tanikka can do for her community--she's doing that very well. But what we can come up with in terms of ideas, for how we as a community of people with a wide variety of resources and abilities, can do to help Tanikka and Healthy Solutions. This is a fledgling organization, people. We can't just sign up online and go chop cabbage for a few hours. Finding ways we can help Tanikka improve the availability of fresh, healthy food in DC's low-income community and to teach people how to utilize fresh food to improve their lives represents an opportunity to walk the talk. So let's hear some ideas!

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Now that Tanikka's chat has been going on for a week, I'd like to turn the tables a little bit. I'd like to draw on the ingenuity and creativity of the DR community to come up with ideas and suggestions, not for what Tanikka can do for her community--she's doing that very well. But what we can come up with in terms of ideas, for how we as a community of people with a wide variety of resources and abilities, can do to help Tanikka and Healthy Solutions. This is a fledgling organization, people. We can't just sign up online and go chop cabbage for a few hours. Finding ways we can help Tanikka improve the availability of fresh, healthy food in DC's low-income community and to teach people how to utilize fresh food to improve their lives represents an opportunity to walk the talk. So let's hear some ideas!

I think it's noteworthy that the press gets all starry-eyed when Michael opens a for-profit restaurant in Benning, but rests completely silent when Tanikka introduces what is essentially a non-profit farmers market in the same area.

And nothing AT ALL against Michael (God love him for having the vision to do this), but isn't there room in the media for both?

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I think it's noteworthy that the press gets all starry-eyed when Michael opens a for-profit restaurant in Benning, but rests completely silent when Tanikka introduces what is essentially a non-profit farmers market in the same area.

And nothing AT ALL against Michael (God love him for having the vision to do this), but isn't there room in the media for both?

I was sitting here wondering if Tanikka and Michael had talked. I could see some great synergy there.

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Showing some pictures of Healthy Solutions cooking and nutrition classes (these classes we did with Healthy Living, Inc (Juliette is great) at the Riverside Center -Washington Parks and People)

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Cooking classes for youth and adults

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Encouraging parents to cook with their children

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Working together

Of course the fun part..............

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EATING

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Is there any interest out there in pitching in to do a fund-raiser to benefit Healthy Solutions?

I'm thinking something along the lines of selling tickets to a pot-luck bbq or pig roast with a silent auction... (maybe in the Spring, when it can be done outdoors...?)

Anybody got any other ideas?

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Is there any interest out there in pitching in to do a fund-raiser to benefit Healthy Solutions?

I'm thinking something along the lines of selling tickets to a pot-luck bbq or pig roast with a silent auction... (maybe in the Spring, when it can be done outdoors...?)

Anybody got any other ideas?

You bet there is interest out there. Bells on, I have them.

I'm also asking around in my circle of friends who have experience running 501c3s. One of them has an interesting story about evolving the fundraising model to include both event-driven funds (one time donations) and ongoing, subscription-type donations (which could include some kind of food-related incentive). I have not learned the full details yet, but hope to soon.

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Tanikka -- do you feel there is more of a stigma attached to using food benefits than, for example, to being on Medicaid? Also, is the higher cost of fresh, healthy food in low-income areas a function of markets merely trying to stay open in areas that can't support them -- i.e., why does broccoli cost more in a low-income area that in a wealthy area? Is it that, in a high-income market, the conventional broccoli has to compete against local and/or organic foods and so underprices itself, or are there other factors at play; and, more importantly, how can they be negated so that the people who need these foods have affordable access to them?

A lot of the literature out there will cite government subsidies for corn and beef as the reason that McDonald's (for example) can have a dollar menu full of hamburgers with ketchup, but not fresh salads. Yet, the government is also providing the food benefits to these low-income communities. Where do we start if we want to reconcile this disparity? A two-pronged attack is difficult (it's going to split resources)- so what's the answer -- other than doing what you are doing?

I think in some instances there is a stigma about food benefits, but I think in this economic climate that is changing drastically. I think the reason food is usually cheaper in higher income areas is because there is food competition, so retailers will try to keep prices low to draw more people into shop with them. You find your food deserts in low income areas, so since you only have 3 major full service grocery retailers east of the river that has over 170,000 plus residents, large retailers have no reason to keep prices low. What other option do you community members have - you shop there or don't. If you don't then you have so many other people in the community that don't have access to transportation so they have no choice but pay more on healthy items or get some unhealthy food items that are always on sale. If large grocery retailers can work to keep higher income communities coming in, why can't they keep the prices the same in lower income areas. If they did the same theory would work, more people would come and buy healthy items, and they would helping the community- with a positive view of them by community members verses the one that they have now.

When it comes down to your McDonald's dollar items- it's not just about subsidies (even though it does pay a major part) but it's also about their supply chain. When you look at how food chains work in the case of a McDonalds and produce- salad for example, the food is grown (of course) from the farmer it goes to a broker, the broker sales to a wholesaler (full line distributor in most cases), that distributor then sales to a food processor they then process it into value added products (salad mixes, cut up fruit) and then they sell it to another food distributor, that distributor is then the contracted food supplier for your McDonalds, then goes to McDonalds, and then someone buys it. So when you look at that model you have 6 companies before it gets to McDonalds or the customer. So why can't this be streamlined- farmer to McDonalds- then employees cut up food and sell to customer, it cuts out so many hands it would automatically cut prices. When it cuts the price for them it cuts the price for the consumer and BAM prices on healthier items like salads and fruit cups cheaper.

I think we depend too much for our government to give our communities a hand up. I think the answer is in what Healthy Solutions does and many other smaller (grassroots) organization do, we listen and do. I think no community is the same, so those who serve it are better suited to help make changes then someone who comes in from some other place and does focus groups, and research (not saying that it does not make an impact because it does just not all the time is it necessary) - why not just ask the community what it needs.

For example- as I mentioned a few days ago we are working with other folks in other areas trying to do what we do east of the river. One place is a town in Alabama called Thomaston - it's a very small town with about 360 residents. This town has no grocery store, has no restaurant, and only has 1 gas station. For their shopping residents grow a few things but the rest they go to the nearest large town about 45 minutes away. Thomaston has never had a grocery store- so about 10 years ago an organization built a farmers market. No one asked anyone in the town what they thought about it or if they would patronize it. So after the organizations grant funding ran out, the farmers market stopped. The structure still stands, but no one really goes and sets up a market - oh except one lady who drives 3 hours to set up 2 times a month, but no one really patronizes her either. WHY! Well no one ever asked the residents what they needed (well except me). No one knew that this community is so interrelated that people started growing their own food and created their own food swapping system. They had gone so long without a food supplier that they figured out how to do for themselves. Mind you it's not all they need- but when it's in season (which is very long in Alabama) they can get it from each other at affordable prices. One farmer actually said he liked their own little community set up because when he did go to the farmers market to set up no one would buy from him, because he had to set his prices at a price that no matter how many people came he could make money. And other neighbors already knew that if they buy these snap peas from him when he goes by his cousin’s house with a few bushels, they could get 3lbs for about 4.00, but when he's at the market he sells them for 3.00 a lb. So in this case instead of this organization taking grant money to build a farmers market- why not take that grant money and invest in a farming equipment and helping improve on the structure they already created. Why didn't they- because no one asked the community what they needed.

When you actually talk to people- they will answer, and those of us in the community talking to people, we need help to, because I do recognize I don't have the resources to talk to council members every day to help change policy issues- but I can tell you what my community needs to tell you if those policy changes will make a lasting effect on the community. When you know what the community needs there is no need to constantly keep changing policies, programs, and services which costs us more than it helps us. If we talk to the communities of greatest need then we can start building the tools that will reconcile so many disparities that plague us. Surprisingly a lot of these disparities are intertwined so deep that if you untangle one, they all start loosening up, creating a change that will drastically impact our communities.

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I think that's a common problem across the board, the lack of researching additional solutions to a problem, just assuming one solution fits all.

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So today has been a very long day so I failed to post anything today until now.

I welcome any questions as well.

My schedule today:

My first priority today was homeschooling and lesson plans. Then my schedule consisted of getting everything ready for co-op this weekend, co-op market on Tuesday and our Healthy for the Holidays boxes distribution in libraries in Ward 7 for this coming Tuesday. I didn't get to all my calls that I still have to return- which that list is getting longer and longer!

Today lots of on the phone confirming orders, making sure trucks will be on time for Saturday and on Tuesday am. Confirming that cold weather has not changed what we will have in boxes (which in a few cases it has). And finally I have finalized my entire market list and box list for co-ops.

So this week's co-op boxes will have- all organic:

Hamlin oranges, grapefruits, gala apples, yellow squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, green beans, chard, tomatoes, garlic, yellow onions, eggplants, and turnips

Which sounds quite simple but my list was really different 2 days ago!

We are also bringing in milk and eggs from PA, for our Healthy for the Holidays Boxes.

I am making sure we are ready to go with volunteers to help with the market on Tuesday at the Senior Wellness Center in Ward 7 as well.

I am trying HARD - to work with Washington parks and People to use the commercial kitchen permanently for our program- and working on a backup plan (east of the river) in case that doesn't work the way want it too. Any suggestions anyone has would be greatly appreciated. I am looking for a space for our Fresh Start Market / Cafe- which I'm learning the hard way is not an easy task! I did receive tons of information lately about equipment needs for commercial kitchens and how to work to start a community kitchen (shared use kitchen), but that’s about it! I do know that this will take time, so I’m also working on patience.

My final project tonight – read through the new Healthy Schools Act of 2009 Bill that CM Cheh introduced, and then read up on the new Hoop House Share Program through the USDA that was just announced as well.

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My final project tonight – read through the new Healthy Schools Act of 2009 Bill that CM Cheh introduced,

I heard more about the Healthy Schools Act this morning on the news. Could you talk about the schools program you started in North Carolina? Any parallels? Any chance that Healthy Solutions could be involved here?

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