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#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 […]

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#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 […]

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#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 […]

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#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 […]

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#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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#1130 Kelowna food bank leads a movement to transform the community

By Cathryn Wellner / September 24, 2014

My friend Lenetta Parry recently became executive director of the Kelowna (British Columbia) Community Food Bank. She had worked there for years before being recruited to head the one in West Kelowna. Now she leads the two of them, and both food banks are lucky. So is our community. Lenetta has a big dream that […]

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#1122 Save the world, starting with bees

By Cathryn Wellner / September 16, 2014

Just when news of the day threatens to make optimism look like a fool’s errand, I learn about a 4-decade-old organization that connects scientists and citizens around an important goal: to protect invertebrates and their habitat. Since 1971 the Xerces Society has cared about many of the unloved but essential creatures of the world. Our […]

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#1116 Restaurant flips reviewer’s sexist remark into a fundraiser

By Cathryn Wellner / September 10, 2014

The old saying about any publicity being good publicity proved true when a reviewer on UrbanSpoon said servers at the Morgantown, West Virginia Atomic Grill should “show more skin”. The restaurant is owned by Daniel McCawley, a family man with five sisters, a wife and a 12-year-old daughter. He found the reviewer’s attitude “sort of […]

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