Monday, 10 June 2013 01:08
Every night in Ithaca, many of your neighbors go to bed hungry, not knowing where their next meal will coming from. Meanwhile, our community is on the verge of creating a vital and living food system that will serve all of our residents equally, ensuring that none suffers from food insecurity.
We have the will.
It is just a matter of organizing and directing our energies. We can create a successful community of healthy people and thriving businesses with equal access for all our neighbors. That is where GreenStar Community Projects comes in. GreenStar Community Projects, Inc. (GSCP) is the non-proﬁt affiliate of GreenStar Cooperative Market, initiated by GreenStar members in 2004 to help create a system of regional food sustainability that promotes health, equity, and community control of essential resources.
This work has been many years in the making, and with your help, GSCP is ready to further Food Justice in the region, ensuring equitable access to healthy food which has previously been a limited privilege. We will initiate and support community projects that promote cooperatives, healthful living, local self-reliance, ecological stewardship and social justice. We will act to honor and enhance the socio-economic diversity of the projects and those intended to beneﬁt from them.
To do this work we need the support of our community.
Here is some of what GSCP has done so far:
• Right from the start we partnered with the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food and the Village at Ithaca to set up the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program and Ithaca Community Harvest.
• In 2011 and 2012, GSCP organized Ithaca’s ﬁrst two Food Justice Summits. We intend to continue organizing this annual Summit in the fall. The Food Justice Summit is our way to gather the entire community around food as a human right. This year’s Summit will be September 21st, and will feature a community-wide WORKathon, giving families and individuals the chance to experience, and learn from hands-on food production, as well as get to know the people who distribute the food they eat daily.
• Beginning in November of 2012, GSCP hosted a series of 4-hour sessions (on November 29th and December 13th), to lay the foundation for a stronger and more just locally/regionally-based food system. About 75 people representing more than 60 organizations, farms and other food-related businesses attended each session, convening a broad diversity of food system stakeholders for the purpose of building and strengthening a coordinated local food network. These meetings have grown and will be held bi-monthly throughout the year until our food justice network is fully developed!