People have always gathered to share in the processes of food gathering, preparation, consumption. The research simply provides data to back up what we have always known; sharing a good meal provides a sense of belonging to a community and increases our happiness. In an era over-run with distractions and negative news, it serves us well to take a break. Put the phone down, turn off the television and connect with those around you.
Justine and the other members of the board chose to be a non-profit organization because they wanted the work to be a community effort, a task done because it is the beneficial thing to do, rather than a business where the main goal is to grow a bottom line. They want to elevate the communal processes of a grassroots movement and of changing the paradigms we live by. The world will not change by policy and politics alone; it takes neighbors working together, doing the little things, to make change happen. Each drop in the bucket is one step closer to realizing a dream of ecological stewardship and healthy food systems for people.