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01/27 Meeting Recap & News

January 31, 2010

Hello all! Before I let the bloggers loose to write and have fun on this site, I wanted to touch on what was discussed at the meeting last week.

First of all, we were able to section of responsibilities to some different people. Going to the officers page at the top right will shed like on who those folks are! Also, a new page on blog contributors is posted. If you are interested in writing, email me at to let me know.

We’ve also set our next meetings for the semester for the following dates: 02/10, 03/10, 04/07 and 05/05. If you are interested in taken on a meeting date to organize the meeting’s discussion (through emailing out articles, getting professors or professionals to come speak, shot a movie clip, etc), PLEASE let me know! Your help would be amazing.

We will also need help with upcoming events in which WFPA is affiliated. These include an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to promote the upcoming IPSA Conference (02/26), the Clean Water is Life event focused on the cross-sectional issues water presents (03/23), the IPSA Conference on Global Food Security (03/26) and an upcoming multi-day food film series.

Lastly, and very exciting indeed, is our newly formulated pursuit to join in on the Peanut Butter Plan movement. We plan on having it Saturday, March 6th! We’ve applied for a volutneer grant through Wagner’s Volunteer Student Club; hopefully we’ll hear back soon. For more information, check out the following links. Thanks all!

From the grant proposal…

The best part of this idea is its simplicity and ease of replication. We will gather a group of 10-20 volunteers to make easy, healthy, nutritious meals for the hungry. At a Peanut Butter Plan (PPB) breakfast/gathering, we will put together lunch bags filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (made with natural peanut butter and whole grain bread), locally-grown fruit, water, and an information booklet provided by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) on where to receive free food and access to other forms of food assistance. Teams of volunteers will then break into groups and pass out these lunches in a neighborhood suggested by NYCCAH as an area with high homeless rates.

Our project idea was inspired by a project first made public on the West Coast, entitled The Peanut Butter Plan. “The concept is simple, but immediate. Even if just for a little while, we’re trying to alleviate hunger. It all counts.

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