“As long as I enjoy the privilege of food security,
each time I shop for my own groceries
I pledge to purchase a healthy non-perishable food item
for members of my community who are food insecure.”
One of the goals of Community Garden Connections (CGC) is to increase access to healthy food in our community. The Perpetual Food Pledge is another initiative working toward a similar goal. The pledge started with our friends at Antioch University Los Angeles, and now members of Antioch University New England’s chapter of Net Impact are organizing the drive here in Keene (although you can pledge from wherever you are). The idea is simple: pledge to buy one healthy, non-perishable food item each time you shop for food. Net Impact has placed boxes out for donations at Antioch University New England that will be delivered to The Community Kitchen in Keene. Drop your donations in those boxes, or bring them to your local food shelf or anywhere that accepts food donations. The Perpetual Food Pledge website provides a list of healthy food items that are good choices for donation. Food drives are popular around holidays, but people are hungry year-round, so this will help provide a steady and diverse stream of food, even during the lean times.
With CGC, we are building gardens, strengthening collaborations, and playing a part in creating a new food system that ensures access to healthy food for all. While we work toward this larger vision, some of our friends and neighbors do not know where the food will come from for dinner tonight. Making the Perpetual Food Pledge balances our longer-term work with the immediate and constant food insecurity of our neighbors. For me, the discipline of buying something extra for members of my community each time I shop will remind me of the injustices in our food system and my commitment to improving the health of my community.
I have pledged. Will you?
Make the pledge here.