An editorial from the New York Times examines some recent political initiatives to address food inequality and access to healthy foods in urban neighborhoods. Here is an excerpt from the article:
“Foodwise, among the most progressive cities in the country right now is Philadelphia, where the alliance of a forward-thinking mayor and a 19-year-old non-profit is moving things forward. Within a year or two, Philly might be funding better access to real food for its poorest citizens by taxing soda. And if you accept the notion that childhood obesity and the accompanying Type 2 diabetes are big problems, and you’re aware that soda is a major cause, you’ll agree that’s a huge step in the right direction.
Even the present is encouraging, because Philadelphia is figuring out its residents’ food needs and demonstrating that government and non-profits can lead the fight against diet-related diseases by putting real food into the hands of people — especially children — who have trouble finding and affording it.
In 2000, Philadelphia had the second-lowest number of grocery stores per capita of 21 major U.S. cities. Today, many of its poorest residents have improved access to supermarkets and farmers’ markets; at some of the latter, their purchases are subsidized. And Food Trust – the nonprofit behind many of these changes – is further improving access by encouraging hundreds of Philly’s corner stores to sell fresh fruits and vegetables.
Philadelphia is demonstrating that government and non-profits can lead the fight against diet-related diseases by putting real food into the hands of people who have trouble finding and affording it.
Food Trust, which is funded by private foundations, government grants and individual donors, is supported by Mayor Michael Nutter, a former city councilman from an underserved (read: poor) neighborhood. Nutter took office in 2008; while on the Council, he sponsored legislation that banned smoking in restaurants and bars, and he’s a true believer on the food-access issue: “I’m going to invest in this,” he told me in the nearly 120-year-old Reading Terminal Market. “It is to the long-term benefit of the city and our health. Ultimately, it’s going to save us money.”
After meeting with Nutter, I toured town with Food Trust staffers Yael Lehmann, Brian Lang and others. We visited corner stores in North Philadelphia that have enrolled in the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, which starts owners with a small cash bonus and, after a trial period, gives them refrigerators (manufactured in North Philly) for stocking fresh fruits and vegetables. (So far around 500 stores have enrolled in the program; most are in the beginning stage.) Unlike the average corner store, these had piles of oranges and bananas by the cash register, and small refrigerator cases with greens, tomatoes and, in at least one instance, bags containing 50 cents’ worth of grapes — sold out on the day I visited. These are not huge changes, obviously, but they’re significant ones.
Another program, Philly Bucks, is a boon to both low-income residents and farmers’-market vendors, and similar to several others around the country. For every $5 in food stamps people spend at participating farmers’ markets, they get an additional $2 in credit: a 40 percent bonus. Seventeen markets now accept Philly Bucks, and food-stamp redemption at farmers’ markets has increased 130 percent since the program began.
Significant, too, is the collaboration among Philadelphia, Food Trust and the state. In 2004 Pennsylvania set up a grants and loans program called the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, encouraging the opening of supermarkets in poor neighborhoods. Since then, 26 new supermarkets have opened, rehabbed or expanded in underserved parts of the city….” (article continues)
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Go Philly! article posted April 5, 2011
by Mark Bittman
Chicago Waldorf School’s Spring Assembly
Friday April 15th at 10:45am
in the CWS auditorium
Students from the grade school will be sharing music, original poetry and movement with the community and invited guests. Also the high school Green Team has some fun and informational skits to present in honor of Earth Day.
Note to Parents:
This assembly will be appropriate for children age 3 and up.
Please come and celebrate the final school day before Spring Break.
Classes will be in session until regular end of day at 3:00pm.
On Tour April 22nd through May 1st, 2011
Fiona Kelly Masterton (class of 2012) will be traveling with the Concert Choir through Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Fiona has been selected to travel with the renowned Concert Choir as well as 10-time Grammy Award Winner, vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin.
Here is some background from the Chicago Children’s Choir Website:
The world-renowned Concert Choir is the pinnacle of the Chicago Children’s Choir experience, demonstrating the Choir’s commitment to diversity, ambassadorship and artistic excellence. These advanced singers are selected from the In-School and Neighborhood Choir Programs and through open auditions, bringing together a diverse group of children from throughout the city. The repertoire is unique among children’s choirs, spanning classical, world, gospel and popular music, all performed in the original language.
The Concert Choir is comprised of three ensembles: Treble, a traditional childrens choir of unchanged soprano and alto voices, Chamber, changed-voice women, and Men’s Chorus, changed-voice high-school-age singers.
On tour through April and May, the Concert Choir explores the rich culture and history of Estonia, Finland and Latvia. To start the tour, singers will engage in cultural exchange and perform with the Ellerhein Girls Chorus in the Old City of Tallinn, Estonia. This Grammy award winning choir was featured in the highly acclaimed movie “The Singing Revolution” where the ensemble is filmed in rehearsal along with extended interviews with the choir director Tiia Este-Loitme.
The concert Choir will then travel to Finland to perform with Bobby McFerrin at the International Festival in Espoo, Helsinki. Rounding out their tour they will conclude with a performance in Latvia at the Riga Dome Choir School, a state school providing general and music education for girls and boys ages 7 to 18, in the Old Town of Riga, Latvia. Finally they will join Bobby McFerrin as part of the festival “Rigas Ritmus 2011” at the Riga Congress Centre in Riga, Latvia.
For more information please see the Chicago Children’s Choir website.
Please join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled afternoon of music and conversation!
Sunday, May 1st from 1:00-3:00 pm
Book Signing for Colleen Plumb’s new photography monograph:
Animals Are Outside Today
The Bass Duet of Jacque Harper and Anton Hatwich of the
Chicago Bass Ensemble
About the Book
Published with essays by Lisa Hostetler, curator of photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Animals are embedded within core human history—evident in our stories, rituals and symbols. At the same time, we eat, wear and cage them with seeming indifference, consuming them in countless ways. Our connection to animals today is often developed through assimilation and appropriation; we absorb them into our lives, yet we no longer know of their origin. Most people are cut off from the steps involved in their processing or acquisition, shielded from witnessing their death or decay. This book moves within these contradictions, always questioning if the notion of sacred will survive alongside our evolution.
About the Artist
CWS parent, Colleen Plumb, is an award-winning photographer whose work is held in several photography collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida, Fidelity Investments, in Boston and Beijing Natural Cultural Center, China. Her photographs have been exhibited nationwide in many one person and group exhibits, and have been widely showcased in books and publications such as PDN and Hotshoe International. Plumb currently teaches in the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago.
About the Bass Ensemble
The Chicago Bass Ensemble is a unique chamber ensemble made up exclusively of double bassists, performing music with a wide variety of melodic, rhythmic and emotional content on instruments that are not typically seen in a solo role. Audiences who are not familiar with the double bass as a solo instrument are surprised to imagine four basses performing together without accompaniment from any other instruments, and are pleased to find that the music we perform is engaging and expressive. The musicians for this event are CWS parent, Jacque Harper, and Anton Hatwich.
The event is hosted by Valerie and Steve Hartmann
at the Hartmann Residence: 225 Hamilton, Evanston, IL
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Monday through Thursday, April 25-28th and May 2-5th
Looking for volunteers! We are looking for a few good women and men to assist with the school’s camping equipment. In May the grade school classes are heading off for their numerous class trips. We need to organize and inventory all the equipment and tents for their trips. We can use some help. Volunteer slots are available to work on this from Monday April 25 through Thursday April 28th and May 2nd through the 5th.
We need help in inventorying tents, packing up the gear and washing the cooking equipment. The equipment is stored at school. If you are interested please contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her cell 773.368.6695 Thanks!
Submitted by Deb Gohr, CWS Camp Quartermaster
North Lake Shore Earth Day
Saturday, April 16th from 10:00am to 3:00pm
in the Loyola University, Quinlan Life Sciences Building, 1050 W Sheridan Road
North Lake Shore Earth Day celebrates green initiatives happening in the north side communities of Chicago. This gathering provides an opportunity for community members to learn more about global and local environmental issues such as clean air and energy alternatives, as well as greening one’s home and business.
Loyola University will be hosting the North Lake Shore Earth Day celebration of green living on Saturday, and on the preceding Friday evening from 8:00pm until 2:00am there will be an Earth Night with the Arts special event in the Mundelein Center, 1032 W Sheridan Road.
Visit the event webpage for more information about these Earth Day events.
Green Your Home & Save Green Workshop
Monday April 11th at 6:30pm
at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W Morse Avenue (at Ashland Avenue), 2nd floor
Green your home, apartment or apartment building at the next Saving Green Together workshop, Saving Green Starting with the Studs, where some of the city’s foremost experts on home energy efficiency will be available to share their insight and experiences.
Corbett Lundsford of Green Dream Group, a professional energy auditing firm, will explain the science behind how your home performs. The interaction of air leakage, pressure, moisture, heat flow and air quality can combine to help or hurt the performance of insulation, windows, lighting, appliances and HVAC systems. Between all of the home performance products and services available today, it can be easy to spend more than you planned on items that might not perform as advertised. Lunsford will answer your questions and hand it off to the designers and contractors in the room to provide the resources to move forward with your home improvement or building projects.
David Flechaus, a professional contractor with Energy Reduction, Inc., will discuss a “whole building approach” to maximize performance and achieve the greatest return on investment. David’s firm works on air sealing, insulation, electrical systems and mechanical systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Finally, architect Howard Alan, an expert in passive solar architecture design and past president of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, will speak about two projects he’s been working on—a remake of a Chicago two-flat into an energy efficient, green three-flat using passive solar design and the transformation of the third floor of his 120-year-old building to make it harvest the sun.
Free parking available in the church parking lot on the southwest corner of Morse and Ashland Avenue.
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Friday April 29th from 8:00am - 11:15am
CWS warmly invites grandparents, aunts, uncles and other special adults in our students’ lives to join us as we open our doors for a morning of Waldorf education. The day begins with observation in the classroom, followed by an optional school tour and coffee, and culminates in a lively program of verse, song and movement from students in grades 1-12.
Space is limited in the classrooms, so we ask parents to refrain from class tours and instead join grandparents, friends and relatives in the auditorium at 10:00am for the students’ performance.
Please RSVP 773.465.2662 to Maureen Flannery at the Main Office.
Chicago Waldorf School
1300 West Loyola Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60626
Click here for directions for travel to our school.
Parking availability is limited so plan for extra time to park. Your parking options include:
Limited spaces in our school lot on Loyola Avenue
Limited spaces in the lot on the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Arthur Avenue
Public parking garage (for a fee) at the corner of Sheridan Road and Arthur Avenue
Neighborhood street parking (some restricted areas are marked by signs)
To learn more about the school visit www.chicagowaldorf.org
Invitations are being mailed to grandparents and community friends who are listed in our database. If you would like to add relatives or friends to this distribution list, please contact Jason Greenberg, Communications Director at email@example.com