Today was our big day off campus. We woke up early to pack sack lunches and get on the way to Ellenton to visit the health clinic. The focus for the day was the right to medical care and the right to rest and leisure. At the clinic we split into two groups. The first group did an exercise in which we shared stories of times we were sick or injured, discovered the advantages that allowed access to healthcare, and discussed disparities in medical care.
Thanks to Advisory Board member Leann Fabianwho secured another food donation from Diaz Foods and Advisory Board member Lynn Leuzsler who volunteered to drive the donation all the way down from Atlanta, we were able to donate another batch of food pantry supplies to the clinic. The second group of campers cleaned, organized, and packed the food pantry for families in crisis.
We also took a tour of a local farm, learning about the crops, the waste, food systems, and the lives and challenges of farmworkers. We passed along handmade thank you cards and bandanas for the clinic workers to give to farmworkers as an expression of gratitude for their hard work to pick the crops. We also talked about the differences between the big farm we visited and Koinonia Farm where we’re staying.
In the afternoon we exercised our right to rest and leisure with a visit to the lake at Reed Bingham State Park. Many campers spent the whole afternoon without getting out of the water. Weather has been perfect this week, and we enjoyed a leisurely, peaceful afternoon. Hard to believetomorrow is our last full day and night!
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