Another highlight from the TEDx Manhattan conference: Melony Samuels on launching a successful anti-hunger project
Some thinkers, like Conard, offer big-picture ideas about large-scale reforms, and there's a sort of idealistic beauty in these assertions that the entire food system could be different than it is now. Samuels, however, teaches us about the beauty of smallness—about how tweaking the details of a single local initiative can mean the difference between produce rotting on food-pantry shelves and residents leading healthier, fuller lives. Here she describes the evolution of her anti-hunger project, which feeds 10,000 people in Central Brooklyn each month. Notice how its incremental growth is contingent upon a host of small realizations—an awakening about the advantages of a supermarket-style food pantry, for example, or about the need for educational workshops to teach families how to cook vegetables. It's a striking example of local success (and one well worth supporting through donations).
Image: Courtesy of the Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger