All posts in "Food"

A most compassionate child

By Cathryn Wellner / September 28, 2015

This three-year-old child does not want to eat the deep-fried octopus on his plate. Each question he asks moves him and his mother deeper into his ethical dilemma: He does not want animals killed so he can eat them. The octopus is an animal. So are chickens and cows and pigs. He insists humans must […]


This angel makes thousands of sandwiches for the homeless

By Cathryn Wellner / August 31, 2015

When streets in Minneapolis’s Twin Cities fall quiet for the night, Allan Law begins his rounds. The retired teacher stops his vehicle wherever homeless people gather. From inside a van labeled “Love One Another”, he grabs socks, hats, gloves, coats, blankets and other essential supplies. Everyone who approaches receives a sandwich. The sandwiches are prepared […]


Homeless customers are welcome at Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

By Cathryn Wellner / July 24, 2015

Mason Wartman did well on Wall Street. By the time he stopped doing equity research to start a pizza joint, he had saved a quarter of a million dollars. He used that money to launch Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, in honour of his mother, Rose. One day a customer asked to buy a slice of the […]


#1198 From food waste to generous meals

By Cathryn Wellner / February 4, 2015

  Food waste is a problem worldwide. Statistics give varying pictures of what that means, but generally number crunchers agree around 40 percent of all food ends up being tossed away in one form or another, from field to plate. Behind the percentages is a staggering waste of land, seed, water, storage, fuel, transportation, and […]


#1189 The Potluck Cafe, where job barriers come tumbling down

By Cathryn Wellner / January 14, 2015

Soup’s on at the Potluck Café, and it feeds both body and soul. The social enterprise, based in an area dubbed the poorest postal code in Canada, is bringing hope to some of British Columbia’s most marginalized residents. The organization describes its work this way: “As an award winning Social Enterprise, the mission of Potluck […]


#1158 They brought sockeye salmon back to the river

By Cathryn Wellner / October 31, 2014

A few years ago the Okanagan Indian Band was hosting a food security event at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia. Dr. Jeannette Armstrong welcomed us to her traditional territory, and then she did something we colonizers would never do to kick off a conference. She introduced her grandson, a 9-year-old boy who had […]


#1140 Lunch Ladies (and guys) to the rescue, in schools everywhere

By Cathryn Wellner / October 4, 2014

They are the unsung heroes of school cafeterias everywhere. They deliver nutrition and kindness, all on a budget that is nearly always ridiculously inadequate. For many children from families struggling in poverty, lunch ladies (and men) deliver the fuel that makes it possible for them to concentrate and learn in school. They get too little […]


#1137 This food bank will not accept crap food

By Cathryn Wellner / October 1, 2014

When I first moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, I joined the nearby Curves gym. I enjoyed the circuits and the camaraderie. What I did not enjoy was the gym’s food-bank drive. I was horrified to see boxes and cans of “food” heaped high, headed for the food bank. The “food” gathering in mounds was so […]

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