A Brooklyn meals truck that serves social justice

Drive Change is a “vehicle for social justice” that enables formerly imprisoned adults to receive culinary training in order to find meaningful employment in the hospitality industry. And more.

This food truck, which has won the Vendy Award, offers more than just delicious food: it “Drives Change”. Photo credit: drivechangenyc.org

Brooklyn-based social justice organization Drive Change is bringing its Vendy Award-winning food truck to Manhattan and Brooklyn this summer to nourish the mind, body and conscience, amNY reports. The organization is launching a new initiative, Awareness and Access Days (A + A), which aims to spread the word about bail reform and educate New Yorkers where to find healthy local food.

“The most important thing is that you can support yourself and your family once you have been released from prison or prison, and the opportunities offered to young people returning from prison are very sparse and very routine. “Said Jennifer Williams, the organization’s chief operating officer.

Drive Change was launched in February 2012 and is a “vehicle for social justice” that enables formerly imprisoned adults to receive culinary training in order to find meaningful employment in the industry. Additionally, the food truck serves a fully sustainable menu that changes based on availability and reflects New York’s most seasonal ingredients.

For the newly launched A + A (Awareness + Access) initiative, Drive Change will curate two events every month: One is dedicated to a topic of social justice and one is dedicated to nourishing unsafe neighborhoods.

Photo credit: drivechangenyc.org

With its first Awareness Day on May 11 in Union Square, Drive Change aims to challenge the community to re-imagine how the state bail system works with a call to action that goes beyond a simple food truck with a petition to be signed. One of the main components of this campaign is for a chef affected by the system to create a unique dish that reflects the highlighted theme of social justice. Drive Change employees are distributing food to park visitors and starting conversations about how the bail system will affect low-income New Yorkers.

“The criminalization of poverty is something that continues to happen,” Williams. “There are people at Rikers because sometimes they can’t pay $ 1, sometimes they can’t pay $ 100.”

Bail reform is one of three criminal justice reform issues that are in focus. Later that year, Drive Change will also highlight the need to close the Riker’s Island prison complex and improve the condition of food in New York’s prisons and prisons.

The second part of the initiative, Access Day, starts on May 18 at the Gregory Jackson Center in Brownsville. The event, which begins at 11:00 AM, will provide residents living in food-insecure neighborhoods with information on how to access healthy food options in their neighborhood and surrounding areas. The event will also feature cooking demonstrations by East New York urban farmer Alexis Mena and Melting Pot Foundation instructor Rodney Frazier Access Day to share healthy cooking techniques and recipes with residents.

“Many neighborhoods have green markets popping up or gardens selling products, but if you don’t know they’re there, you don’t know they’re there,” Williams said.

A + A events take place every second and fourth Friday of the month until autumn.

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