I learned the other day that starvation is not a huge problem in New York City, but that food insecurity surely is. This is to say that there are thousands of people in our city that don't know where their next meal is coming from. Thanks to organizations such as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and the Food Bank and countless others, people in NY are not starving, as is true in other places. However, food insecurity is abundant in our community.
'Food security according to the Life Sciences Research Office definition means access to enough food for an active, healthy life. It includes at a minimum (a) the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods and (b) an assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (e.g., without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies). Food insecurity exists whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or the ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways is limited or uncertain.' (http://www.nap.edu).
Even as 'starving artists' we usually know where our next meal is coming from, even if it's a peanut butter sandwich or spaghetti for the thousandth time! By organizing food drives at our productions and volunteering at local soup kitchens and giving our time and energies and gifts to serve people in our community who are really hungry and thirsty, we hope to aid the efforts in our city to end food insecurity. Every little bit helps. Stay tuned for more ways you can get involved with our food drives and volunteer opportunities throughout the Ivanov process.
In the meantime, have a look:
New York City Coalition Against Hunger http://www.nyccah.org/
Food Bank of NYC http://www.foodbanknyc.org/
Thanks for reading,