Just two weeks ago on October 26th, Hope Gardens came out to talk about local food sustainability and food security at Food 360, also known as Food Day! Other organizations dedicated to advocating for healthier and easier food access were also present, such as TABLE and Edible Gardens. The event provided a wide number of resources for students to not only learn about food, but also to eat it! At our own table, we explained how we try to combat food insecurity in Chapel Hill with programs such as Hope Cooks where we cook with families at Homestart, (a local women’s shelter), and how we try to further education in sustainable gardening through our workdays where individuals and organizations can come out and engage in sustainable practices. While listening to all this wonderful information, students could nibble on some delicious persimmon bars made by Hope Garden member, Cassidy H.!
We also decided to dedicate some time to shed awareness on the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew. Haiti was hit particularly hard having a death toll of approximately 500-800 people. Residents in North Carolina also felt Hurricane Matthew’s impact with 11 people dead and many without electricity or running water. Hope Gardens and Herban Garden decided to donate the proceeds of t-shirt sales from Food Day to relief efforts. A big thanks to everyone who was able to donate!