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March 15th 2013

Fresh food for mind and body with CoFED, Food Shift, Mandeep Sethi & Aisha Fukushima

Did you know that the average American family throws away $2200 worth of food every year?  And nationwide, this adds up to billions of dollars, millions of barrels of oil and vast amounts of water wasted.  Those are the harsh realities that Food Shift is working to change.  At the same time, CoFED, is helping to start student run food cooperatives to deliver “Real Food” – food that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability --  to students around the country.

At our March Music for Good Forum, Party Corps is excited to highlight these two growing organizations tackling the problems of food waste and food sustainability.  Both were founded by young, committed individuals dedicated to changing the way how food is grown, distributed, consumed, and discarded.

Food Shift, founded by Dana Frasz in 2012, works collaboratively with communities, business and government to develop long-term, sustainable solutions to reduce food waste. “Our work is about developing new models, shifting behavior and ultimately shifting a paradigm around food recovery and hunger alleviation.” stated Frasz.  In partnership with the Oakland Food and Policy Council, Food Shift is developing a Discovery Framework to outline the barriers and opportunities in the food waste sector. Additionally they are piloting food recovery programs with the Jack London Square Farmer’s Market, Oakland Unified School District and Andronico’s grocery stores.

The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) is a network and training program that empowers students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses. CoFED supports over 40 student teams in regions across North America. “We’re really looking to create a new generation of co-operative entrepreneurs that have experience creating sustainable food co-operatives on their campuses and also doing al lot of public advocacy around why co-operatives are important,” stated Yoni Landau, Director of CoFED. Since launching nationally in the fall of 2010, CoFED has been selected as one of the world’s top 5 ideas in sustainable food on Forbes, received media attention from Civil Eats and Good Magazine, and have been called “competition” by the leading fast-food industry magazine.

On March 21st at The Lab in San Francisco, Party Corps’ will host our monthly Music for Good Forum, featuring singer and activist Aisha Fukushima and hip hop artist Mandeep Sethi in concert and in conversation with the leaders of Food Shift and CoFED.

Advance $10 ticket are available HERE.

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Food Shift and CoFED

Party Corps' Good Cause Directoryis a resource for the public-our members- and for musicians. If you know about a worthy grassroots non-profit, you can encourage them to join the Directory by taking ten minutes to fill in the basic information HERE.

Posted by Olivia Swilley
       

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