1--Let’s End Hunger In The Stuart Community
Is there hunger? Food Bank billboards say 1 in 5 children suffers hunger. 40%+ of WCV students qualify for free or reduced price meals. 1 in 8 is food-stressed. Over 10% of Iowans are on SNAP/Supplemental Nutrition/’food stamps. Add in Cottage Pantry, Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals, and malnutrition…
2—What’s The Plan?
Basically, grow more garden and share. Search ‘Todmorden UK carrots in the car park’ for one example. In the Arctic, there are fresh, locally-grown vegetables year ‘round. Search ‘Kotzebue Arctic vegetables’. There is indoor gardening, gardening with pots, sprouting, etc.
3—How will this be coordinated?
We are less hierarchical, and more network. There is much wisdom in many approaches. Our present early focus is on helping and being helped by Pastor Dean Porter at New Beginnings church. 207 SW 7th (old Estes Auto Parts store location), 641-332-2550, Pastor Dean Porter. (515) 523-2615, Dan Doherty.
4—We’re meeting almost every Thursday at 4:15 at New Beginnings. One week a month it’s on Fridays. We’ve been donated land and seeds and teachers.
5—What should a person do next?
Contact us. We are on Facebook at Feed Locally Stuart Community. Our website is http://www.feedlocallystuartcommunity.com/. Call when you want us to help, and/or when you want to help or be helped. Whom do you know that could use help?
6—Will this last?
We’re pledged through 2020. We’ll be trying to write our history so others can be helped too. There are many groups that already help. Grow Food Not Lawns is one organization. There are claims that one man with 3 acres has produced a million pounds of food a year. Much of this information is on our Facebook Page, Feed Locally Stuart Community. We plan a float and gifts for Good Egg Days.
We have the command, also. Matthew 25. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat… Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?... Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.