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In many cultures, gifts of food are often a balm to those experiencing a loss. We hope that the sweet treats can give a reprieve to the constant anxiety of this pandemic, which compounds many other existing economic systemic issues including food insecurity. We emphasize that these offerings are for anyone who wants them, regardless of need because everyone deserves something nice. Admittedly, C does the bulk of the baking while I coordinate the logistics and do a lot of cleanup. What recipes we choose is something we plan together. Truly, the epitome of a successful team effort.
C and I were featured for our baked goods contributions to the Free Food Box at Freedom Square in Troy which is apart of an art installation sponsored by The Sanctuary for Independent Media and other community orgs.
While the feature didn't cover it, since the Summer 2020 BLM protests, I have been more involved with community efforts towards direct giving and mutual aid. My background is in policy and I personally believe in incremental change via progressive legislation. However, in these unprecedented times during the pandemic, both C and I felt that folks in our community needed help now. So on top of donations to community orgs doing the work on the ground and more volunteering, we have been making food for bake sales benefiting nonprofits in Upstate NY, doing direct services, organizers and attendees at local protests, and the Free Food Box. Community building, making the effort to get to know and genuinely care for your neighbors is the only way to build foundations of collective power.
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