From Alexis Fineman ’16:
Things you hate: food waste, hunger, and bureaucracy. Things you love: cooking, sharing meals, and direct action. Sound familiar? You’re in luck, because Middletown FOOD NOT BOMBS is having a brief interest meeting next Wednesday! Middletown FNB is part of an informal, anti-authoritarian network dedicated to the principles of mutual aid and direct action against hunger, food waste, and inequality. We need more people to help organize and volunteer! We salvage food, cook it up, and serve it for free outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday from 11-2. If you want to volunteer, learn more about the program, or are just excited that there’s an alternative Usdan/Swings brunch, come out!
Date: Wednesday, October 28th
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: University Organizing Center: second meeting room on the first floor
From James Hall ’15:
Interested in hunger and housing issues in the greater Middletown community? Then consider applying to one of the two following positions!
Bread Salvage Coordinator: Bread Salvage is a program that salvages bread from the Cromwell Freihofer’s outlet and delivers it to students at three Middletown elementary schools. Responsibilities of the Bread Salvage coordinator include finding volunteers/drivers, maintaining communication between the Middletown schools and Freihofer’s, and ensuring successful deliveries of bread on a weekly basis. The application closes on April 10th!
Hunger and Homelessness Coordinator: The H&H co-coordinators organize both direct service opportunities and forums for discussing and addressing the root causes of hunger and housing issues in our community. Responsibilities of H&H coordinators include planning and organizing H&H events, discussions, and film screenings around campus, developing and maintaining relationships between Wesleyan and the Middletown community, and overseeing the three H&H subgroups (Food Rescue, Bread Salvage, and Habitat for Humanity).
Evan Bieder ’15 and Fred Ayres ’17 want you to join them for discussion and food:
According to the American Institutes for Research, children make up 40% of the homeless population in the U.S. If you’d like to discuss the realities of homelessness in the local Middletown community, please join us next Wednesday, February 11th, for a screening of “Home at Last?”, a short PBS documentary that explores current housing models.
Following the film, members of the L.E.A.D. group (current and former members of the homeless community in Middletown) will reflect on their experiences and hold a Q&A.
The event will take place in PAC002 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Dinner will be provided by Tandoor.
If enough people show up, Fred will reveal his audition tape for “So You Think You Can Dance,” so come!
Date: Wednesday, February 11th
Place: PAC 002
Francesca Moree ’14 asks “Are you hungry?!”:
How many times have you heard the phrase, “I’m starving!” before going to eat dinner at Usdan? Is that what hunger really looks like? What about on a global scale?
Are you ready to find out?
Join us for a Hunger Banquet on April 23 at 5-6:30pm, sponsored by Oxfam America, and Haveli.
A Hunger Banquet is an interactive simulation of global inequality related to food, hunger, and income. Attendees will share a meal and participate in a discussion facilitated by Professor Sarah Mahurin.
Tickets are required for admittance and will be available for a minimum $2 donation at Usdan during lunch from April 16-23.
Will you be one of the lucky ones? Or will you leave hungry?
Date: April 23rd
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Place: Center for African American Studies Lounge
Cost: Minimum $2 donation for ticket
So you’re back on campus. Maybe you’ve made it back for Wesleyan’s first-ever winter session, maybe you’re trying to write a thesis, or maybe you’re just squatting somewhere and hiding under piles of dirty clothes every time Physical Plant comes into the room. Either way, you’ve probably come to the realization that you have no idea what’s open, no idea what to do with your time, and you’re not really willing to try and answer either of these questions because it’s cold outside.
Here’s a brief run-down of winter at Wesleyan amenities:
FOOD AND DRINK
Options on campus are pretty sparse for food and drink. Most excitingly, Espwesso is open during the day time, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. They’re taking points, Middletown cash, and real cash. They’ve got all the regular drinks, so try and get over to Allbritton when you can.
I left for Thanksgiving Break with exactly one meal and 23 points to my name. On the car ride home, I made some careful calculations:
Because one bottle of Naked Juice costs roughly three points, I’ll be able to average one Naked Juice every other day for the rest of the semester! And hey, I can even visit Usdan once!
But this isn’t all fun and games. With the arrival of finals, I’m pretty much screwed.
Thus, over Thanksgiving break, instead of wasting my time studying, I decided to formulate a plan to avoid being hungry. After hearing about my friends’ frequent hunger pangs, I thought it was best to publicly document my quest to remain properly fed.
But before I could lay out a plan of attack, I knew I had to address this problem strategically. I quickly hopped on WesAdmits to consult my fellow students about their experiences with year-end hunger.
“I managed to obtain a Bon Appetit uniform and snuck into Usdan one or two times last year,” Anonymous Cardinal ’16 confided to me in a Facebook message. “I felt terrible about it, but I didn’t want to die of starvation.”
From Anike Arni ’13:
Wesleyan is hosting an urgent food drive to support the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Right now there is a critically low food supply at Amazing Grace, and all items are appreciated. They are most in need of peanut butter, tuna, hearty soups, cereal, spaghetti sauce, canned beans, and garden produce. There will be bins in the lobbies of North College, Olin Library, SciLi, and right outside of Weshop! We will be collecting food until Saturday, September 15th!
Thank you from all of the customers, staff and volunteers at Amazing Grace.
Date: From now until September 15.
Place: Lobbies of North College, Olin, SciLi, and Weshop.
Join the Bayit for a special Shabbat that will explore issues of hunger and food security:
Date: Friday April 9
Time: 6:15 pm
Location: the Bayit (157 Church Street)