The current Farm Bill is being decided on Capitol Hill, and there are lots of items in there that will affect BFC shareholders and community members. For one, there is a movement afoot to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—again—thereby endangering countless families and increasing the multitudes for whom SNAP (or 3 Squares Vermont) benefits make the difference between being hungry and starving. For another, many provisions of the bill could affect local farms, farm markets, and local schools. This includes funding for EBT use in markets, the percentage of funds able to be used by schools to purchase local products, and of course, the dairy policy. For more information on these and other issues that will affect us, contact the New England Farmers Union, www.NewEnglandFarmersUnion.org.
GMO labeling is at the top of our legislative agenda for the new session in January. So, be sure to come to the Annual Meeting to hear Gary Hirshberg discuss the reasoning behind this important subject, and plan to roll up your sleeves and make some things happen right then and there! Sunday, November 3, from 2:30-5pm.
September was Hunger Action Month, but we are continuing our push to increase healthy food access for all. On the afternoon of Wednesday, October 23, join a host of area organizations and service providers on the Whetstone Pathway across from the Co-op to see how you can be involved, in honor of World Food Day. Let’s do what we can, and even some things we don’t think we can do, to make our community healthier and increase food security. Look for more information in the store on our own Food For All program beginning in January for folks on 3 Squares Vermont, WIC, or Social Security Disability. We strive to be an even more welcoming community!
Empty Bowls Tenth Annual Benefit Dinner is on October 12, 2013. This annual benefit is for the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center, an essential resource for people in need in Brattleboro and the surrounding areas, who depend on it for food, shelter, and other basic services. Empty Bowls serves as a major source of funds for the center.
This year’s Empty Bowls Dinner has two seatings at 5:00 and 6:30pm in the dining hall at Landmark College in Putney. For a $25 donation, guests enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, cheese, apples, beverage, and dessert, against a background of live music. Guests select the handmade bowl from which they eat, and take it home with them as a reminder of the many people who go hungry each day. For more information, visit