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.