Real Food Rehab

No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!

In today's video I share with you my heart and desire for helping to bring real food to low income Americans, along with Paul Risse of Cleanse America, Jacqueline Corbett & Andrew Heinz of the RawFoodNetwork.com and many others who have also shared similar desires and visions in yesterday's Facebook interaction. If this topic is intriguing to you, please click here to view the dialog as it unfolded.

Jacqueline has done a fantastic job of bringing details of what's happening on a smaller scale together and you can find her information by clicking here.  We hope to keep adding to this list of organizations, so please share your information with us in the comments below.

We really want to hear from you and have your thoughts and perspectives added into the mix. I realize that this is a very big picture concept,  but one that I believe we need to see come together.  With much community support, divine guidance and the right people in place, I can visualize it all flowing together to impact the health and food systems in our nation (and beyond!).  Thank you in advance for your input, information and for sharing from your heart. I look forward to getting this dialog started!

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You are right there with us on all of this, Sister!!  Thank you for shining your bright light and sharing your gifts, talents, prayers and strengths!!  Can't wait to see all that unfolds!

Kelly Lynn OBrien said:

Brillant message - idea - vision!!!!! I cannot wait until this vision comes alive!!

Goooooooooooooooood things are happenin' here at the Hab!

Excited to be a part of it all! : )

Penni,  I am truly excited and inspired by all that's happening.  I just posted a link to this page on my FB page with the following comment:

 "You're Invited to participate in bringing about much-needed change in how ALL America is fed ... particular the millions of Americans who are often overfed yet undernourished because they can't afford to buy fresh produce of any kind, let alone the often expensive organic produce which many of us enjoy eating. Not only is this about creating true 'food justice' in America where ALL Americans can eat REAL FOOD, but it's about creating new ways to support existing CSA and local farmers, while inspiring new organic farms to be developed. It's about teaching - and learning - new ways of doing things... like helping build urban forests, and roof-top gardens, and planting food instead of lawns... and so much more. Join us! Help us create a new paradigm for healing our nation via giving everyone a chance to eat the best food! ♥"

I was able to connect via  message with Andrew late last night and he was  totally blown away by what had transpired... and he too is totally on board!   And as I was writing this he messaged again and is really happy to see how far this has come in a mere 24 hours and can't wait to get back in town and help.


I will just continue doing what I'm doing... which is letting 'Spirit' suggest the next resource... the next share... etc.  

Loving being part of the vision of how America will be fed and healed. <3

 

Jacqueline - you are sooooo eloquent and I will, if you don't mind, use your beautiful articulation above to send out to the membership here at Raw Food Rehab, as quoted by you. I am delighted that Andrew is fired up - he is a lighthouse, as are you and many others who are now coming together in this important hour! I, too, love being part of the vision of how America (and beyond) will be fed, cleansed and healed!! 

Jacqueline Corbett said:

Penni,  I am truly excited and inspired by all that's happening.  I just posted a link to this page on my FB page with the following comment:

 "You're Invited to participate in bringing about much-needed change in how ALL America is fed ... particular the millions of Americans who are often overfed yet undernourished because they can't afford to buy fresh produce of any kind, let alone the often expensive organic produce which many of us enjoy eating. Not only is this about creating true 'food justice' in America where ALL Americans can eat REAL FOOD, but it's about creating new ways to support existing CSA and local farmers, while inspiring new organic farms to be developed. It's about teaching - and learning - new ways of doing things... like helping build urban forests, and roof-top gardens, and planting food instead of lawns... and so much more. Join us! Help us create a new paradigm for healing our nation via giving everyone a chance to eat the best food! ♥"

I was able to connect via  message with Andrew late last night and he was  totally blown away by what had transpired... and he too is totally on board!   And as I was writing this he messaged again and is really happy to see how far this has come in a mere 24 hours and can't wait to get back in town and help.


I will just continue doing what I'm doing... which is letting 'Spirit' suggest the next resource... the next share... etc.  

Loving being part of the vision of how America will be fed and healed. <3

 

Penni, the issue of hunger in America is one very close to my heart.  I don't have any answers for you, but I read a book, "All You Can Eat" by this man - http://joelberg.net/.  I think he might be able to answer some questions for you and head you into the right direction.

I think there is so much that people don't know about hunger in our country.  How most recipients of SNAP benefits actually are hardworking individuals with (typically) more than one job.  How so many people who are probably elligible for SNAP, don't even apply.  How many children only eat meals provided by school lunch programs (where much of the food is provided by commodities).  This isn't just hearsay.  I worked administering welfare benefits for fifteen years.  This is what we saw, every day.  There's such a stigma attached to this issue.

Another thing to consider is to get local farmer's markets certified to take SNAP benefits.

This isn't just an issue for people who need the help with food.  So much of what we need to think about is where our food comes from.  My household certainly isn't vegan, but we source most of our fresh food through local producers.  It's a luxury that should become a norm.  When, as a nation, we import so much of our food and do not eat seasonally or locally, we impoverish our local community of sustainable food resources.  We also impoverish those others who grow our food in distant lands.

Penni, bless your heart, you dive into some really deep water (and I suspect this happens every time you jump)!

Sounds wonderful!  FeedingAmerica.org is one that comes to mind.

I was wondering if you might be able to partner with Whole Foods on this food idea? Around here, to my knowledge (unless they have changed this policy) any food that does not meet their high standards goes to the trash, they were not wanting to give that less than perfect food to individuals in need, but they might be willing to donate to an actual cause? Maybe. I dont know if thats a WF policy, or just whats is or was happening at the ones out here. Anyhow, just a thought! That could be a huge source of whole, live foods..... 

This is  a huge issue - I've read/heard that giving away food that would otherwise be trashed is illegal.  I have read that many raw-fooders have made deals with their local grocers to buy produce that is about to go off at a greatly reduced price though.  The issue with fresh food is the distribution.

Ayn said:

I was wondering if you might be able to partner with Whole Foods on this food idea? Around here, to my knowledge (unless they have changed this policy) any food that does not meet their high standards goes to the trash, they were not wanting to give that less than perfect food to individuals in need, but they might be willing to donate to an actual cause? Maybe. I dont know if thats a WF policy, or just whats is or was happening at the ones out here. Anyhow, just a thought! That could be a huge source of whole, live foods..... 

what time is this eastern standard time?

9 pm your time, HDC : )

HippyDaisyChick said:

what time is this eastern standard time?

I am just thinking that the people that I know who have worked there tell me that if its not a perfect piece of fruit/veg, it goes to the trash. They are in a nicer neighborhood out here and have really high standards, my friends have told me that perfectly good and fresh food gets throw out by the trash bag. They do not sell at a reduced price, or atleast they were not. I understand how it could be illegal if it was expired food, rotting food, etc, but this isnt!

indigo said:

This is  a huge issue - I've read/heard that giving away food that would otherwise be trashed is illegal.  I have read that many raw-fooders have made deals with their local grocers to buy produce that is about to go off at a greatly reduced price though.  The issue with fresh food is the distribution.

Ayn said:

I was wondering if you might be able to partner with Whole Foods on this food idea? Around here, to my knowledge (unless they have changed this policy) any food that does not meet their high standards goes to the trash, they were not wanting to give that less than perfect food to individuals in need, but they might be willing to donate to an actual cause? Maybe. I dont know if thats a WF policy, or just whats is or was happening at the ones out here. Anyhow, just a thought! That could be a huge source of whole, live foods..... 

I suspect, if approached, the WF produce manager would sell what they are tossing (new or not) if approached and something was in place ahead of time.  Just when they are cleaning out the bins, at any grocery store, it is illegal to give the food away from what I understand.

It's a good idea.  It might just need to start in a board room and with some well written letters to elected officials.

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