I work at St. Anne’s Child and Family Center, which is basically a day care. Because what the government alots for a working family to pay for daycare doesn’t actually cover daycare costs, St. Anne’s is a mixed income model. By enrolling 70% private pay families and 30% state pay, low income families can participate in high quality daycare.
Granted, this means for my year of working for social justice, 70% of my time is spent hanging out with kids whose designer overalls cost more than I make in a week. Which needless to say, can be a little frustrating.
So Kelly and I are looking for ways to incorporate social justice into our jobs. On Wednesday we hosted a preschool family cooking night. We made pumpkin soup from local pumpkins and provided families with information on the importance of eating locally and how to cook with kids. It brought some new families in that hadn’t participated in school events before, which was exciting. The kids had a good time, but I think the parents had a harder time following directions than their 3 and 4 year olds did!
Why eat local? Here’s two easy reasons:
1. You aren’t paying the high gas prices it costs to ship your food across the country. Food is also more nutritious because it there is less lost time from garden to plate.
2. Money stays in your community instead of going to a CEOs pocket.
Do something to change the world:
Go to your local farmer’s market. Or look for local products in your grocery store.