Everybody in the Food Pool - Innovative Concept for Neighborhoods

| 10/6/2011 10:20:26 AM

Tags: neighborhood, community, food pool, backyard garden, food banks, food pantries, Steven McFadden,

Earlier this year Andrew Sigal launched FoodPool, an innovative concept for strengthening and stabilizing neighborhoods while feeding people clean, fresh food in communities of all sizes.

As a new and as of yet unincorporated non-profit, Food Pool's mission is to create small, local groups to gather backyard garden produce and deliver it to food banks and food pantries. These "FoodPools" are modeled on carpools - neighborhood based, easy to set up, and easy to run. "By creating numerous small, local groups," the Food Pool website states, "we feed our neighbors while strengthening our communities."

Food Pool offers a free Guide to Starting a FoodPool in their starter kit.

Nebraska Dave
10/7/2011 10:54:54 PM

Steven, the Food Pool concept is a well thought out volunteer organization for sure. I am not an organizer but if I could find something similar in my area I sure would hook into it. This year I didn't really grow enough to be part something like that but in my own small way I did give a lot away to neighbors and friends. It's not exactly helping the needy but it's making the neighborhood aware that food can be grown in small areas in the backyard. The next thing I would like to do is to have a Saturday morning food porch on my front patio to give away produce to the neighborhood. The second phase would be to have neighbors participate with food exchange which could incorporate fresh bread, jelly, etc. Oh, oh, wait would that be organizing. Oh, my goodness. Right now that is just random thoughts and may take a couple years to get going. Thanks for another inspiring article to read.

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