Feed The Masses
A Peacemaking Project by Latrell S.
What is the injustice we are solving?
The feed the masses project will focus on feeding hungry people in Baltimore City. There is a large food insecure population in Baltimore and we want to be the ones to eradicate hunger in our great city.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Hunger in Baltimore City
we will address Lack of access to food
by Handing out mobile food/snack packs at stop lights to those who ask for food
Our Project Plan:
- To distribute 100 mobile food packs to homeless or hungry people in Baltimore.
- To ensure the people that we encounter are sustained until they get to their next meal.
We will increase my / our compassion by...
We will increase our compassion by consistently interacting with the homeless/hungry population.
How will you show courage?
We will show courage by handing out our mobile food packs no matter the time of day or neighborhood.
How will you collaborate with others?
We will invite members of our church to participate in the distribution of the mobile food packs.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
We will solicit feedback from the client on how they think the mobile food pack will benefit them in their immediate future.
- Meet with the team and other volunteers
- Purchasing food and packaging
- Create the mobile food packs
- Schedule a day to distribute the mobile food packs
- Have five teams drive throughout the distribution day to hand out atleast 20 packs each.
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
We gathered hunger stats to share with volunteers to give them a deeper perspective before they served. We uncovered the fact that hunger and homelessness are adverse effects of growing up in an impoversihed neighborhood, lack of jobs, lack of affordable housing and growing up in foster care, amongst other social injustices.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
Our project changed my community in the following manner. We increased the sense of fellowship by conversing with our clients, asking what their future desires are and encouraging them with hope. And so the clients that we serve are now more hopeful as we did hand out a list of local resources for them to access and because we made it clear that we will be holding these feedings twice monthly going forward. They know that they can count on us to continue to be there serving them as well as helping them to get connected to needed resources.
How many people were impacted by your project?
Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?
We note how many packs we had on hand. We kept track of the number of mobile food packs that we handed out. We had two stationary handout events and we handed out MFPs as we drove around the city.
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
Our organization compiled a 12 question survey and collected info in that manner. This allowed us to learn the demographics of those we service. We did also have release forms attached to the survey questionaires.
What did your team learn?
We learned that in addition to food our clients nedd the following items is toiletries, water and socks. Some of the information that we learned about our clients is that they have been living on the street for an ave of 5ys, 80% of them grew up in an impoverished neighborhood, 75% of them were a part of the child welfare system and 50% of them do not have a good relationship with family. We learn that the need is great and there is room for us to continue this gret work.
What challenges did your team overcome?
One of the challenges that we faced, was that we were no longer able to feed at our initial feeding location (Park). Those who oversee the location, organized and set dates and times that you are allowed to feed. We were not able to secure a primary slot at that park. We put our heads together and decided to feed in two different ways. 1. We picked a location within the usual 1 mile travel radius of our clients. 2. We drove around the city and distributed the mobile food packs to those in need. It is important to forge forward with and be creative to continue the work when faced with adversity.
How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?
We have been able to get the following organizations involved, 2 local churches, Park West Medical center and a professor and her team of students from Morgan State university. I was able to gain this support by attending community meetings, attending public meetings at the state house. We reaching out to many people and asked that they display compassion by helping us serve those in need. We held meetings with volunteers to brainsorm about our feeding location, # of volunteers, and posible donors.
What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?
My advice would be to consider what the outcomes of your project would be. Speak with and bring in people who have done it before and/or subject matter experts in your projects area. It is important to create a talk track about why you want to complete the project and begin to share it compassionately with those who you believe can help you along the way. Stay high energy, encourage your volunteers and do the work with purpose and joy.