Our third and final group of 2017 campers arrived at Koinonia Farm yesterday. Our counselors are tired, yet inspired to see the passion and commitment of our campers.
Today, we explore the right to food, which is part of Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” We discussed this right in the morning, including questions such as:
Agree or Disagree: It’s more important to help people who are hungry get jobs than it is to give them food through soup kitchens or food pantries.
How would you respond?
Our campers will do a service project: making meals of soup, sandwiches, cookies, and fruit for neighbors in Americus who are living without the food they need. Then after we feed ourselves, a facilitator from Carver Market in Atlanta will talk about food deserts and food oases with our campers. The campers will play a “food desert” game campers to explore the impediments to food access here in the U.S. (I just delivered two baby strollers to camp – I’ll let you imagine how these will be used in the game!)
Carver Market is an inspiration to us as a cooperative approach to solving the problem of food deserts. Read their mission and you’ll see what I mean: “Our mission is not to diagnose a food desert, but to create a Food Oasis. We provide access to food, jobs, and relationships for the patrons of South Atlanta and surrounding neighborhoods. We are not a large grocery chain. We are a small intimate food market with the intention and goal of connecting our neighbors back to food and, thus, back to community.”
After all of that, the day will end with a “Hunger Dinner” that demonstrates how much of the world’s population does not have access to food resources many Americans take for granted.
Inspired? We invite you to take action to provide more people access to their human rights:
- Learn more about Carver Market, shop at their store, and support their work to end food deserts.
- Read about food deserts, locate them in your community, and advocate for farmers’ markets and access to fresh produce.
- Support Project Open Hand.
- Adopt an urban fruit tree with Concrete Jungle.
- Support Second Helpings.
- Take a personal step to reduce your food foodprint:
- Shop at a local farmers’ market.
- Reduce your meat consumption.
- Eat at a pay-as-you-can restaurant.