If you need a boost of hope to recharge your belief that you can make a difference and to hear stories of inspiration of every day people making a difference, take a listen to the Upstanders podcast. A recent episode titled The Hunger Hack discussed how a young school aged girl was volunteering at a local food bank and noticed an issue which she dared to believe she could find a way to solve. The story reminded me of something that I had heard at a volunteer event in a community garden where the presenter noted that many families, even if they have access to fresh foods, don't know how to meal plan or cook with many whole ingredients. Many of our habits around food are learned from the environment we were raised in so our approach to healthy eating plans, grocery budgets, exposure to unique food options and our knowledge of how to prepare meals may be limited by our up bringing. For many who have are using or have had to utilize government assistance for essential services such as food stamps (myself included - read HERE), even if you had access to good food you may need some help understanding how to make the provisions stretch and well as how to prepare them so that they taste good. If a community garden can grow beautiful eggplants, which is a great accomplishment, how can we maximize that resource to teach individuals and families how to prepare delicious meals with the ingredients that are available?
Let me know if you are interested in this as well or if you know people and resources that are already working on this area of need, please reach out through the CONTACT page.
If you need some ideas, we have a few that we have created using basic ingredients and a crockpot - check our videos for Crockpot Recipes for Large Families HERE.
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Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer, is a contractor, author, and host of The DYOJO Podcast. The goal of The DYOJO is to help growth-minded restoration professionals shorten their DANG learning curve for personal and professional development. You can watch The DYOJO Podcast on YouTube on Thursdays or listen on your favorite podcast platform.