A Peacemaking Project by Kiley R.
What is the injustice we are solving?
We will solve the issues of the lack of access to healthy foods around our community. Also, we will be educating people on issues like hunger, and providing information about the root causes. Also, we have created a backpack program, where we provide food for children to take home on the weekends if they are unable to afford meals.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Food Justice
we will address lack of knowledge and access to healthy food
by creating an informative video on food justice and creating a community garden.
Our Project Plan:
- We will create a video about food justice to spread awareness and to create a community garden to provide healthy food to the Winchendon community.
We will increase my / our compassion by...
We will increase compassion by spreading awareness about an issue that affects everyone. A lot of people think of Food Justice as an issue that does not really exist in the United States; however, that is not the case. We will want to make people more aware of everything going on in their communities.
How will you show courage?
We will show courage by working hard when times get though or get stuck and don't know where to go next. We will advocate for the injustice of food justice for those who do not have the voice. We will also create a healthy garden for the community for those who do nit have the access to healthy foods.
How will you collaborate with others?
We will collaborate with others by fundraising, asking for support, working with our school, working with the town, and working with who we intend to help. By doing all of these things, we will be able to target the correct audiences and supports who will be able to help us with our goals.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
We will know that we are moving in the right direction by planning out everything we need to with plenty of time to do them. We have a class at our school for Service Learning Leaders, which Kylee and I are both the leaders of of the Food Justice one, where we do all of our planning for when we meet with our group. We know what needs to be accomplished to reach our goals and we are willing to take every step along the way to do so.
- Send emails to locals in the community to ask if we can interview them.
- Film students, teachers, and community members for our video.
- Edit and get the video finalized.
- Send out emails asking for donation for the community garden. Plants, compost, buckets, soil, shovels, etc.
- Plant the garden and tend to it on a weekly basis.
- harvest the food and give it to the group that provides backpacks to food insecure children in our community.
- Share our video at the Community Action Day with people from the town and from our school
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
Our project helped our team understand how fortunate we are. We learned about the different struggles and obstacles that people from Winchendon and around the area deal with each day in regards to food. This project helped everyone understand the issues that are occurring. Our team now understands what a food desert is and why it is important that everyone has an equal right to eat.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
Our community changed as a result because they have seen the world in an entirely new perspective. We realize how lucky we are, so our community was affected when they realized how unfortunate some people are. Our community will have a place to get healthy food for cheaper. Many people would spend half of the money they had on gas trying to get to a grocery store, so I believe we are saving a lot of people.
How many people were impacted by your project?
Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?
My team is made up of about 20 students and every week we pack backpacks of food for over 80 kids. Combining these two numbers I came up with 100 people because I believe the kids that we are helping now will bring their families to the garden so they can get healthy foods. The snacks we put in the backpacks are not always the healthiest, so it is important that they come to the garden to receive the nutrients they need.
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
My partner and I attended a town meeting in Winchendon where we learned about hunger and the issues it has on the community. Through this meeting we heard different community members speak about their experiences and other peoples experiences from town. At the end of the meeting, we talked to a bunch of people which is how we learned about the people affected by the food injustice. After the meeting, we went back to school and informed our team of what we learned.
What did your team learn?
We learned about Winchendon and how it is a food desert. There is no local food store, so most people have to shop at the cumberland farms downtown. At cumberland farms there is no access to healthy foods, there is only processed and junk food. Also, we learned many statics about hunger in Massachusetts, the United States, and globally.
What challenges did your team overcome?
We overcame the challenges of bad weather at times. The weather this year was very unpredictable, so it was always hard to tell when we would actually be ready to get into the garden to plant.
How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?
We haven't involved anyone else yet; however, we are hoping to in the future.
What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?
My advice to someone would be to try as hard as they can and to not be afraid to fail. It's okay if your project doesn't succeed the first time around. The part that matters is your reaction to it. You need to be willing to get back up and try again to make a difference in the world. Even the smallest actions can make a big difference. Keep fighting for what you believe in because failing is better than doing nothing at all.