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Last year, the Monadnock Food Co-op and our community partners participated in Active Voice’s Take Your Place Community Campaign. Active Voice just released thier Community Impact Report about this campaign: The campaign’s overall goal was to use screenings of A Place at the Table to tackle the root causes of hunger and obesity in communities with high […]
On December 21, 1844, the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers opened a humble grocery store in the north of England. The offerings on the shelves were modest: little more than butter, flour, oatmeal and candles. The vision of the Pioneers, however, was ambitious. “What was the motivation of the Rochdale Pioneers, who codified the values […]
Schedule of Events:
Nov 17 – 23: CANstruction at Monadnock Food Co-op & Keene State College
Nov. 17, 1 pm: A Place at the Table Event at the Colonial Theatre
Nov. 20, 10 am – 3 pm: Keene Community Kitchen Open House
Nov. 22, 5:30 – 8 pm: Hunger Banquet at Keene State College
At the Keene Public Library Auditorium
The Monadnock Food Co-op and Neighboring Food Co-op Association, in association with Participant Media and Active Voice, will host a viewing and discussion of the film “A Place at the Table” at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene.
The screening is part of Participant Media’s “Take Your Place” Social Action Campaign, an initiative that uses this acclaimed documentary to seed community conversations about hunger, obesity and food policy, to inspire collective action to address these systemic problems. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a total of 25 communities across the country will host such events throughout the summer and fall.
Some of the questions this campaign addresses are: Why are almost 50 million Americans hungry, while more than 23.5 million children and teenagers are overweight or obese (and sometimes hungry, too)? What triggers and connects these trends? What systems and institutions perpetuate food insecurity, and what policy reforms will ensure that people get the healthy food they need? In an effort to engage the Monadnock Region in a conversation around these questions, the Monadnock Food Co-op invites local residents to “take their place” in local efforts to end hunger and ensure that all children and families have access to healthy, affordable foods.
The September 24th event will focus on the efforts of food cooperatives and farmers markets to make healthy food more affordable to more people. A panel discussion will follow the film featuring Bonnie Hudspeth of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association’s Healthy Food Access Program, Vicky Senni of the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s Good to Grow Program and Nancy McGartland of the Farmers’ Market of Keene’s Double Up Veggie Bucks Program. Another six Food Co-ops in New England are coordinating efforts to plan similar events this fall, and additional Monadnock Region organizations are collaborating on a second “Place at the Table” Event later this year.
Monadnock Food Co-op is joining with community groups locally and nationwide to support the Take Your Place Social Action Campaign. Learn more about about the issues, upcoming events and how you can get involved.