Our Not-To-Be-Missed Fundraiser
Chef Raffle – FEAST Virginia will be raffling off a sumptuous catered in home dinner for 4 people with a choice from 3 menus (beef, seafood or vegetarian including an appetizer, entree and dessert) by Chef Cory Owens. Details coming soon on Facebook. A very limited number of tickets (200) will be sold and will be available to purchase in mid-January. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Public Screening of a noted documentary film: “The Skin You're In” presented by writer and producer Dr. Thomas LaVeist Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk
6 pm – 8 p.m.– this important film is open to the public – Q&A afterwards
Did you know that African Americans live “sicker” and die younger than any other ethnic group in the nation. Why is this happening? In this feature documentary, The Skin You're In, we will investigate this disturbing phenomenon: the astonishing disparity between black and white health in America, find out why the disparity exists and discover what can be done about it.
The film will take viewers on a journey of exploration of this critical health problem. We will talk to leading experts and researchers from around the country who will explain the problems and what can be done. But mostly we will see the problem first hand in the everyday lives of African American families telling their stories, and meet people who are making a difference.
February 19, 20, & 21, 2020
FEAST Train the Trainer 3 Day workshop - $375.
Help! We need donations for scholarships for those who want to take training but don't have the funds. Please consider making a donation of $375 for a scholarship. We have 4 would be trainers who have signed up but don't have funds – the more trainers we have, the more people we can train! Instructors: Dana Rizer, Executive Director FEAST L.A. and Amy Vu Program Director FEAST L.A.
Queen Street Baptist Church
413 Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk
Please sign up on line now.
Once our initial trainers are trained we will be able to determine how many programs we can support ($5,000 for 12 weeks) and days, times and locations. Donations are gratefully received and deeply appreciated.
Thank you for your interest and support in the FEAST Virginia program! We hope to provide a quarterly newsletter that brings you updates on all of the programs being offered, the progress and the successes along the way. Please help us spread the word about FEAST Virginia and please stay connected to us. It will truly take a village to bring about the needed change in how we think and deal with our complicated food system. However together this is possible!
Start off your New Year by becoming more mindful of the foods that you incorporate into YOU!
With deepest gratitude for all of your help and support, I wish you a happy, healthy, connected New Year. As always--
Welcome to our first edition of the FEAST (Food Education Access Support Together) Virginia Newsletter. We hope you will “like us” on Facebook. 2019 has been a productive year laying the foundation for our FEAST Virginia program! We started
the year by working with our attorney Dirk Sampselle to incorporate and become a 501(c)3 non profit organization. By May, we received our certification of incorporation, and in September we received our 501(c)3 non profit status!
Much of my time was also spent meeting with community leaders, organizations and church leaders. “Planting seeds” is a lesson I learned well coming from my experience as a Farm Market manager for 15 years!
We provided an introduction to FEAST Virginia to the public at Queen Street Baptist Church on September 19, 2019, which was well attended, and included Mayor Alexander who drew winners for the grocery bags provided by the Foodbank that
were raffled. We shared our Fish Stick Tacos after our presentation
and answered questions.
In October, we received our Dun & Bradstreet number which is required to apply for funding from the City of Norfolk. We received initial City funding of $3,000 in November. On October 22, Dana Wakefield, co owner of Pendulum Meats in Ghent, hosted a FEAST Virginia information gathering for friends, customers and the public to learn more about the benefits and plans of the program. Also in October, Ms. Michelle Cook and I started volunteering a few times a month at the Foodbank of
Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore on Fridays when participants pick up food from 9a.m. to 11 a.m. I was pleased to see that the Foodbank is providing “healthier” food donations and has improved their distribution method. The Foodbank has created “a line” where folks are asked what they would like to receive, instead of a prepared bag/box of foods that they may or may not wish to eat. I was thrilled to see a robust selection of fresh vegetables such as green beans, asparagus and brussels sprouts being offered and being chosen by participants! I had the chance to chat with folks about their veggies and was told how much the kids enjoy them. So glad to hear that! The Foodbank also offers meats and fish on occasion. And recipes are provided! So if you are looking to volunteer a few hours a week, please consider the Foodbank, who is one of our Community Partners.
In November, we produced a FEAST Virginia presentation to students in the Eastern Virginia Medical School Masters of Public Health program which included sharing our Fish Stick Tacos. The purpose of the presentation was to introduce the FEAST program to the health care community and gauge the interest among the medical students in signing up for the upcoming 3 day Train the Trainer FEAST program in February. The Brock Institute is giving 10 scholarships to students who would like to
attend. Unfortunately only one student signed up. This is not surprising given the course load of med students and the newness of this start up new program.
In December, Dana Wakefield, a teacher at ADL School (Academy of Discovery at Lakewood) and supporter of FEAST Virginia introduced me to the 5 th grade teacher at ADL School, Ms. Christina Bishop. This is the fourth year that the 5th grade class has participated in a Young Chef Competition. It was quite wonderful that they decided to include FEAST Virginia this year. The Young Chef Competition was held on December 5 at the school. Students were challenged to design a recipe they could make for $1.25 or less a serving and also keep it healthy.
The competition helped develop their math skills by figuring out the food costs, and also honed their writing skills by developing a written recipe with clear instructions. Students were also assigned to research the FEAST Virginia website for the goals of the organization. A total of 96 students participated and were very excited
about their creations! Several local chefs, parents, teachers, ADL Principal Tommy Smigiel and myself judged the competition. Competition categories included
appetizers, entrees and desserts. Of course, we know that all of the students who participated were winners. We are hoping to incorporate student recipes in our 2020 FEAST Virginia program.