Feed The Masses

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 Plan
Our Project Goals
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?
We will solicit feedback from the client on how they think the mobile food pack will benefit them in their immediate future.
Create a list of key steps you will take
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 dry throughout the distribution day to hand out atleast 20 packs each.
Adrian B.

April 06, 2018

Hi Latrell,

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths: This is a great project! I love how you are soliciting feedback from houseless clients about your work, and how you're focused on providing food to people who are specifically asking for that kind of help. I agree that you are showing strong compassion by focusing on houseless people as clients/consumers of this care and asking for their ideas about how to best support them.

Things to Consider: You accidentally forgot to put the total amount in your budget--I added it up and it all comes to $250, but make sure you put information like this in any future applications. :) Also, I encourage you to think about Kelsey's suggestion to go deeply into the root causes of why this is happening. Finally, I'm curious about how you can support houseless people with allergies (I'm thinking specifically about anaphylactic peanut allergies--protein is so important, and how can you keep folks safe?). Looking forward to hearing more, and learning about how your houseless clients respond. Keep up the phenomenal work!

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!

Best,
Adrian
Kelsey T.

March 02, 2018

Hi Latrell! I’m part of the Peace First team-- It is great to have you as part of the community and I'm excited to read about your project -- thanks for posting it! Food insecurity is such an important issue!!

I wanted to provide you with Feedback for your Compassionate Insight. We provide insight feedback to help teams further strengthen their ideas to come up with the best possible solution. We also consider insights as part of the mini-grant application, so you are welcome to use this feedback to make some changes before we process your application.

I love that your project is so well grounded in compassion and ensuring that everyone has access to food in Baltimore. While handing out food snacks to individuals who need it is a wonderful way to show compassion and help those in need, I'd encourage you to also spend some time thinking a bit more about WHY people don't have access to food already and consider some of the root causes in order to help create a more sustainable solution! A peacemaking project requires really diving into the root causes and trying to understand why an injustice persists.

One thing that can help deepen your understanding of this issue is interviewing people who don't have healthy food, people who cause this injustice (who create the situation where people don't have healthy food), and people who are already working to end this injustice. I'd encourage you to check out our "Understand" tools to help with this:
https://www.peacefirst.org/peacemaking-tools

Here are some orgs that are working on food justice: https://foodforward.org/2016/04/what-is-food-justice/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0vmDrc2Z2QIVhq_ICh2IAgM3EAAYASAAEgIMRvD_BwE
https://civileats.com/category/food-and-policy/food-justice/
http://justfood.org/advocacy/what-is-food-justice
http://thefoodproject.org/about
http://thefoodtrust.org/uploads/media_items/access-to-healthy-food.original.pdf

It can also help to do some reading on your own--here are a few resources I found useful:
https://www.healthlibrary.com/book15_chapter156.htm
https://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/health-fitness/many-americans-dont-access-healthy-food-massive-problem/
https://www.colorlines.com/articles/why-more-americans-cant-access-healthy-food
https://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/food-agriculture/solutions/expand-healthy-food-access#.Wn35zJM-fBI
https://grist.org/food/food-access-is-a-big-problem-for-many-native-nations-heres-how-one-community-is-fighting-back/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/don-hinklebrown/access-to-healthy-food_b_4822735.html
https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/health/healthy-foods-confusion-study/index.html

Excited to see how your project evolves -- keep up the incredible work and let us know how we can help!