In an area that grows so much great food, we continue to suffer from chronic food insecurity.
( athensfoundation.blogspot.com/2011/06/athens-food-security.html) Whether it be from lack of access, addressed by programs like Rural Action’s Country Fresh Stop, getting fresh food to areas that normally don’t carry it, or affordability, addressed by food pantries like Friends and Neighbors, and community organizations like CFI’s Donation Station and the Kilvert Community Center, people are addressing our food insecurity.
Rural Action is participating in the effort to provide short term and long term solutions by collecting money to purchase fresh local produce from the Chesterhill Produce Auction (CPA). This will give those in need increased access to fresh local produce while supporting the efforts of the farmers participating in the CPA.
This effort kicked off with Donkey Coffee’s 10th Anniversary Raffle. The winner receives a month of free Donkey coffee, and the proceeds will purchase fresh produce from the Chesterhill Produce Auction, which will be distributed to those in need. There will continue to be opportunities to help; open stages at Casa, direct donation at the CPA, and more to be announced. If you would like to be a part of this, contact Bob Fedyski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (740)767-4938. In the photo, Bob Fedyski (Rural Action), Lisa Mieskowski (winner) and Angie Pyle (Donkey).
The lucky winner is Lisa Mieskowski , an Ohio University graduate and long time Donkey customer. Lisa had this to say, “I am a graduate (B.S.) of Ohio University’s Psychology Department (and have been a patron of Donkey Coffee since my freshmen year). Currently I am living in Athens and working as a research assistant within OU-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our current project is reaching out to rural persons living with HIV/AIDS, so when I saw that Donkey was taking donations for Rural Action during their Anniversary Week, I was more than happy to donate to help another project/movement working to bolster rural areas. The prospect of winning Donkey’s prize of one month of free drinks was just a fun potential bonus. Now that I’ve been named the raffle winner though, I get a fun reminder with each free cup of coffee how businesses in Athens (like Donkey Coffee) take an active role in giving back to the community. At the end of this summer, I will leave Athens to start a graduate program in clinical psychology at the University of Alabama. I hope that wherever I am in the years to come, I can find projects and programs like Rural Action that are taking an active stand to strengthen rural communities.” Lisa, thank you for the kind words, and support for the community!