Preserving the Harvest

Susan Johnson

Are you interested in food preservation? Do you need to brush up on current food preservation methods? Come join us for this training and demonstration to learn about pressure canning, waterbath canning, dehydration and freezing your fruit and veggies!! Saturday, July 12, 2014 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dreher Family ...

Food Stamp Challenge Day 5: #Unselfie

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/nov/22/264940/ Today is a busy day for me, so I don't have a lot of time for reflection and blogging. I only have time to share with you one action I decided to take as a result of this challenge. Yesterday I made a gift to [Just Food][1], the food ...

Food Stamp Challenge Day 4: When the Cheapest Foods Make You Sick--Literally

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/nov/21/264921/ Like millions of Americans at all income levels, I live with a chronic health condition that restricts what I can eat. In my case, the list of restrictions is long. The condition I have is called [interstitial cystitis][1]. It's a bladder condition. Basically, the inside wall of my bladder ...

Food Stamp Challenge Day 3: Did This Meal Really Cost Me 89 Cents?

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/nov/20/264874/ I was pretty proud of myself for putting together this delicious, nutritious and filling meal of polenta, pinto beans and avacado for 89 cents. Until I realized that it might have cost me more. Let's start with the costs of the ingredients. Polenta: 20 cents. Bought dry in the ...

Food Stamp Challenge Day 2: You Have to Have Money to Save Money

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/nov/18/264787/ *Note: Food insecurity is a complex issue. I know that the Food Stamp Challenge in no way fully simulates the real world situations of SNAP participants. Still, I am trying to live on $3.96/day (the typical SNAP allotment) for five days as a learning experience.* When you have only ...

Food Stamp Challenge Day 1: When Unexpected Guests Arrive Hungry

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/nov/18/264787/ *Note: Food insecurity is a complex issue. I know that the Food Stamp Challenge in no way fully simulates the real world situations of SNAP participants. Still, I am trying to live on $3.96/day (the typical SNAP allotment) for five days as a learning experience.* The first day of ...

Volunteers needed for Just Food's Mobile Food Pantry this Friday!

Jeremy Farmer

Calling all Volunteers! ----------------------- This Friday, August 23 we will be having a mobile food pantry at Just Food headquarters at 1:00! We need volunteers to assist for the following shifts: - **Survey Team** - Call Time 11:00 a.m., finished by 1:00 p.m. Survey clients as they wait in their ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 9: Culinary Stars

Jeremy Farmer

I kind of saved the best for near the last. I remember a conversation I had, with what seems like many moons ago with Chef Rick Martin. Rick is the former Executive Chef of Free State Brewery. Chances are, if you enjoy their food, you've eaten one of Rick's delectable ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 8: Just For the Health of It

Jeremy Farmer

We have talked recently about how our current banking model makes it easier for people to receive processed food that is the cheapest and easiest for us to purchase. Most every food pantry in the country has the same kinds of food: Green Beans Corn Macaroni and Cheese Canned Fruit ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 7: Collaboration, Not Competition

Jeremy Farmer

I remember sitting in a United Way meeting last year. The United Way has worked hard to earn its nickname, the "community kitchen table." This meeting was no exception. We had $300,000 in requests, and way less than that which could be allocated. We went through and methodically declared agencies ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 6: A Story

Jeremy Farmer

We had a volunteer come to us in the summer of 2012 needing to work off some community service hours. They were determined to turn their life around. A client themselves of Just Food, it was important that they work in an environment that they were familiar with. They reluctantly ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 5: What a Waste

Jeremy Farmer

I remember a very troubling day that happened this past year. I walked outside and saw that a few cans of green beans had been thrown out in the yard. We had also heard that food that we had distributed had either shown up in food drives we had (often, ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 4: Sick Care

Jeremy Farmer

There has been a lot that has been said about the health of our nation. I don't know if you've ever stopped to think of how cyclical poverty and how difficult it is for someone to break out of it. Specifically though, food insecurity is one of the worst issues ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 4: Sick Care

Jeremy Farmer

There has been a lot that has been said about the health of our nation. I don't know if you've ever stopped to think of how cyclical poverty and how difficult it is for someone to break out of it. Specifically though, food insecurity is one of the worst issues ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 3: "Perpetuating the Problem"

Jeremy Farmer

When federal funding started to get taken away from programs aimed at helping people become free of the chains of poverty, and the burden shifted to having non profits and charities take care of people and the needs that they had, no one could have imagined that the problem would ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 2: "Where Did We Go Wrong?"

Jeremy Farmer

In 1964 Lyndon Baines Johnson persuaded Congress to pass the Anti-Poverty Act. Johnson stated that it was the first step in his war on poverty. The overall strategy was to help people to "climb out of poverty and stay out". The act provided $947.5 million dollars for job training centres, ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 1: "We Don't Have Hungry People in Lawrence, Because Everyone's Too Fat"

Jeremy Farmer

I remember being at a meeting when I first moved back to Lawrence. I was extremely green behind the ears as it related to a community that I was becoming acquainted with again. All was well until I heard someone say... "WE DON'T HAVE HUNGRY PEOPLE IN LAWRENCE...EVERYONE'S TOO FAT." ...

Just Food Cooking Classes by Ace Hickey

Jeremy Farmer

Just Food recently graduated twenty four students from its initial food cooking class. Another beginners class has just begun with sixteen enrolled and an intermediary class is scheduled in the spring. Hopefully, scholarships will eventually be made available to those who would like to pursue a career in the food ...

Just Food Volunteer Blog: Happiness Comes Through Food

Jeremy Farmer

"....When I was not able to eat fresh produce, I felt like I was dead like the food in a can. Eating from a can is not fun. The food was not tasty. I lost my taste buds and forgot how to cook and my sense of creativity because most ...

Just Food : Community Kitchen Table

Jeremy Farmer

Many agencies came to a United Way meeting at some point last year, not knowing what to expect. We were told that things were changing, and that community impact in the "self sufficiency" goal was going to be the way forward. TIMEOUT. I know from many people that I've talked ...

Just Food : There's No Competition At All...Or Is There?

Jeremy Farmer

My apologies for the long break in writing! With Christmas, and the New Year, and all of the exciting changes happening, this has unfortunately taken a back seat. I remember one of my first meetings where I was sitting in a room with many agencies in Douglas County. I had ...

Just Food: Starting Over in 2013

Jeremy Farmer

We have asked a lot of our clients recently. We have asked them to give us something that they have plenty of, and that is free to give: an opinion. We've invited them to be blatantly honest with them about their struggles, needs, challenges & opportunities as they relate to ...

From Just Food Director: It's a Really Bad Idea to Give a Food Bank Your Money

Jeremy Farmer

I really wrestled with the title of this post, because I didn't want it to be all that people read and then moved on with their lives without wanting to explore why I would say that. Conversely, I didn't want people to not read what I had to say just ...

Just Food 24 Hours of Thanksgiving - Generosity Piled High

Jeremy Farmer

One of our volunteers remarked Monday morning during our drive through mobile food pantry Thanksgiving distribution that she was blown away by the number of clients who she registered that were organ donors. Why? Many because they have nothing else to give, and if they can give their lives, that's ...

Just Food 24 Hours of Thanksgiving - Food Flying Off of the Shelves

Jeremy Farmer

By the time it's all said and done, we will have distributed food to approximately 900 families for Thanksgiving, another 300 families who have come in for our food pantry program, 200 families coming for commodities, and another 800 families have come in for bread and produce this week. Two ...

Just Food 24 Hours of Thanksgiving - The Real Heroes

Jeremy Farmer

Happy Wednesday afternoon to you. We have survived the rush, and lucidity is slowly returning. The home stretch is on the horizon. I liken this moment to the hours leading up to the sunrise. You know it's going to be absolutely beautiful, but it's not quite up yet! Most people ...

Just Food 24 Hours of Thanksgiving - Mister Bacon Becomes Thanksgiving Hero

Jeremy Farmer

Part of our mission statement is to be an INNOVATIVE leader in fighting hunger in our community. Innovative means to show new methods or ideas. Last year, we heard from many clients that they didn't have the resources (stove, proper utensils, etc.) to cook their own Thanksgiving meal, or they ...

Just Food Thanksgiving Stories...the beginning

Jeremy Farmer

WARNING: If I were smart, I'd have started these dear diary letters before Wednesday morning. If there are typos, if things don't make sense, I sincerely apologize! I'm hopped up on Amoxicilin and NyQuil (I always get sick this time of the year), and we're all running on just a ...

More Than 1,000 Children Need Your Help To Have a Thanksgiving Meal

Jeremy Farmer

Thanksgiving isn't the only time that families in our community need help to get nutritious meals. At Just Food, food through our food pantry and partner agencies is provided all year to those that need it. At Thanksgiving, we want to give opportunities for families to enjoy a meal and ...

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