Now, for why you're here:
Nick and I feel passionately that All Good should not just be community supported, we should also help support our community. We've been brainstorming some ways to bring our breads to people in Albany without affordable, convenient access to healthy, daily breads. While we'd prefer to reach a large number of those in Capital Region food deserts right away, sometimes these ideas start small. We can begin with one family...and you can help.
For every 13 new memberships we receive for the second half of our season, we will donate one bread share to a family in Albany without regular access to affordable, healthy foods.
We have 13 weeks remaining in our first season, so every shareholder in each group of 13 will effectively sponsor one loaf of bread per week for a needy family, for the rest of the season. Everyone deserves to eat food that won't damage their bodies. Consuming whole grain flours (with germ) versus refined white flours (no fiber content), on a regular basis, fights diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and heart disease, and hypertension.
The 45 families who have joined us so far have enabled us to begin this community supported enterprise. Becoming a shareholder in our CSB now will help you and All Good give back some of the bounty we all share. The second half of our season begins next Wednesday, February 2nd, so this week is the right time to join. Our website has all of our sign-up information (you can email us your order and deliver payment with your first pick-up if that will help make it more convenient).
The Hunger Action Network of NY cites a number of reasons some local people lack affordable, healthy food access; here are a few:
- Not enough locally-grown, organic food
- Lack of supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods and transportation to reach the ones that are nearest
- Prices are high at convenience stores, people are forced to choose between food and fuel
- Growing food costs money and requires skill
- Programs often can't give perishables because distribution requires refrigeration, many people have health problems that prohibit them from consuming the canned fruits and vegetables they receive
- Inability to use Food Stamps at buying clubs and most farmer's markets
We would like to take recommendations from you to nominate a family in need! Maybe there's a family you know who wants to improve their organic grain consumption, but can't afford the cost increase? We trust that you will choose carefully. If we are unable to find a family this way, we will locate one (or more) through a reputable community program.
We look forward to getting to know you if you decide to become a shareholder, and we thank you if, together, we are are able to help a family in our community achieve greater food security!
Britin & Nick
p.s. Flour update: with the recent storms, Champlain Valley Milling is experiencing a bit of delay receiving their latest shipment of locally-grown flour (it is delivered by rail). We were supposed to get the 100% NY White tomorrow, but it looks like that date has been pushed to Feb. 8. We'll continue using the Greenmarket blend AP for now. The Wheat flour we are using now is 90% NY-Grown, our Spelt is 100% from NY State. We'll keep you posted on developments about the NY White.