A Brooklyn meals truck that serves social justice
Drive Change is a “means for social justice” that offers formerly imprisoned adults training in culinary arts in order to find meaningful employment in the hotel industry. And more.
This food truck, which 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), aimed at promoting the reform of the bail and educating New Yorkers about where to find healthy local food.
“The most important thing is that you can take care of yourself and your family after you leave prison or prison. The opportunities offered to young people returning from prison are very few and very red. Said Jennifer Williams, the organization’s chief operating officer.
Drive Change was launched in February 2012 and is a “means for social justice” that offers formerly imprisoned adults training in culinary arts in order to find meaningful employment in the industry. In addition, the food truck offers a menu that is completely sustainable and changes depending on availability. This reflects New York’s most seasonal ingredients.
For the newly launched A + A (Awareness + Access) initiative, Drive Change curates two events per month: one for social justice and one for nourishing unsafe neighborhoods.
Photo credit: drivechangenyc.org
With its first Awareness Day on May 11th in Union Square, Drive Change aims to challenge the community to rethink how the state bail system works with a call-to-action event involving a simple food truck with a petition goes out for signature. One of the main components of this campaign is for a cook affected by the system to create a signature dish that reflects the highlighted issue of social justice. Drive Change staff will deliver groceries to park visitors and begin discussions about how the bail system will affect low-income New Yorkers.
“The criminalization of poverty continues,” said Williams. “There are people in Rikers because sometimes they can’t pay $ 1, sometimes they can’t pay $ 100.”
Bail reform is one of three criminal law reform issues that are at the fore. Later that year, Drive Change will also highlight the need to shut down the Riker’s Island prison complex and the state of food in New York’s prisons and prisons.
The second part of the initiative, Access Day, will start on May 18 at the Gregory Jackson Center in Brownsville. The event, which begins at 11:00 AM, provides information to residents living in unsafe neighborhoods on how to access healthy food in their neighborhood and in the surrounding areas. The event will also feature cooking demonstrations by East New York City Farmer Alexis Mena and Melting Pot Foundation’s instructor Rodney Frazier Access Day to share healthy cooking techniques and recipes with residents.
“Many neighborhoods have green markets or gardens that sell 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.