It is a timeless understanding that an army cannot march and wars cannot be won on an empty stomach. Luckily for warriors fighting in Occupy Wall Street, they don’t have to worry about that. An article published by Jeff Gordinier in the NY Times on October 11, 2011 sheds a little light on how this army feeds itself.

“AFTER nearly two weeks of living among the Occupy Wall Street protesters in downtown Manhattan, Ellis Roberts, 25, a Pennsylvania garbage collector laid off last year” gained five pounds in free, locally grown, organic produce and an amalgamation of other foods served that cater to any dietary requirements the protesters may have.

“Requests for food go out on Twitter and various Web sites sympathetic to the protesters. And somehow, in spontaneous waves, day after day, the food pours in. The donations are received with enthusiasm, even when they are not precisely what the troops might have desired.” -NYT Jeff Gordinier

 Because the donations are sent from all over country, and what is sent is really up to the sender, OWS end up with what one might fairly call some weird food pairings, but they don’t seem to mind.

The OWS kitchen feeds the protestors dinner every night and works out of a nearby soup kitchen. The movement is dedicated to using and (as well as they can) compensating local farmers who donate their fresh produce. Small farms use the “Occupy Kitchen” as a way to fight against the big corporations that threaten their small businesses.

I think the way OWS feeds itself reflects their overall work ethic and potential to keep momentum in their favor for accomplishing their goals.

Just some food for thought.



5 responses to “EAT, OWS

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  2. This is a very unique topic! I feel as though logistics such as food are not often thought or written about in the movement, and I’m glad you decided to investigate this area! I’m surprised that the use of a soup kitchen to feed the protesters isn’t more controversial though; it seems like those who were recently fired or stay home from work to protest are taking away resources from the homeless population of the city. This is just a thought though- it would be enlightening to see another post about how this process really works (how many people are involved in the kitchen, how it affects the homeless community at that soup kitchen, what kinds of local farms are donating and do they donate to other causes as well, etc).

  3. Hey jennabeaver, thanks for reading, I think that a closer look into this topic is a great idea and I will try to do a bit more research into the logistics of the food effort.

  4. coffeeshoprhino

    I agree with Jenna. You might want to think about how this topic feeds ; ) into the greater ideas of what OWS is to the protesters (since they experience this part of the protest/demonstration but those outside of OWS don’t).

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