Hey guys. Tonight's post was supposed to be a bit more interesting for you. Regular readers may remember that last year I volunteered at a food pantry bringing local, organic, seasonal vegetables to low-income families who otherwise would not be able to afford them. I had a blast and have since volunteered in numerous ways with the organization who set it up, Just Food.
They are not a vegan organization but rather work to support local farmers and healthy food for everyone, which I feel is also important. I was intending on volunteering tonight at a Let Us Eat Local event, which I worked last year (recap) and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Pure Food and Wine, Angelica's and Candle 79 were the vegan restaurants who participated, but there was plenty more vegan food to be had. Anyway, I'm sick as hell and we don't need to get into details or kill anyone's appetite but I should not be anywhere near food being served to other people.
SO, instead, I thought I'd show you why Just Food's work is so important:
New York is an expensive city to live in. Ironically, it's also crowded and dirty and depressing. New Yorkers are stressed and busy and eating unhealthfully because there's no time to keep up. In a city like this, health is far too often only for the rich.
The parts of Brooklyn that I can afford to live in (Bushwick and Bed-Stuy for the last five years - and I've seen a lot of changes in that short time span) are rife with bodegas, where you can buy microwaveable hamburgers at 3am, chips, beef jerky, sugary "juices," and the like - but are technically considered "food deserts." We don't have many grocery stores and, for the most part, their sparse produce is less than par. This is not true for all areas of Brooklyn. Gentrification is certainly changing this, as is the work of organizations like Just Food!
Here's a photo tour of my local vegetable oasis in the middle of Bushwick; Mr. Kiwi's:
There are random fruit carts throughout Brooklyn, and there are better neighborhoods for nutrition. I think we're headed in the right direction. Til then, all hail Kiwi!
Nota bene: on this trip, I picked up raw kale chips, celery, kale, almond butter, a can of diced tomatoes, nori sheets, mushrooms, and potatoes for 30 bucks. Not bad! Also not my usual grocery run, but you'll see later what I made with (some of) it.
Enjoy the night!