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A recent email from food-rescue organization City Harvest about kosher-turkey distribution at Thanksgiving revealed a staggering figure: There are more than half a million food-insecure poor or near-poor Jews in New York City.
A notice on the Houston Food Bank’s website says the organization is closed due to flooding, but will reopen as soon as possible to help provide disaster relief to the community. It will surely have its work cut out for it, as will the other food-relief organizations and disaster-relief agencies offering assistance to those affected by Harvey in the weeks and months to come. So while these agencies’ doors may temporarily be closed, their coffers are open and likely in need of replenishing.
Funny how things happen: Forward Editor-in-Chief Jane Eisner sent me an email last spring, asking if I had any interest in covering an Israeli not-for-profit called Leket Israel, the country’s largest food bank and food-rescue network. She had gotten word that its founder, Joseph Gitler, was in town that week for a series of meetings.
At a training given by the People’s Institute on undoing institutionalized racism, I heard a story. It was about a group of friends headed on a picnic by a river. The first friend shows up, basket in tow, to see babies (!!) floating down the river. In astonishment, she drops her bag of baguettes and cheese and immediately grabs an infant. The second friend arrives, and the first shouts, “Drop your things! There are babies in the river!”
When you think of the term “sustainable farm” or even “local” and “organic” farming, you probably don’t also picture stray fruits and vegetables lying on an otherwise harvested field. Yet, for various reasons farmers (both conventional and organic) often do not harvest their full crop. For some, discolored or misshaped produce will not sell in the market. For others, too much time and effort is needed to return to the fields to pick up dropped or forgotten crops. Many farmers leave those crops to decompose on the land.
As much as consciously-minded foodies talk about supporting sustainable farming and purchasing local and organic foods, we often forget the fact that even on these “sustainable farms,” food often goes to waste.