INSTITUTE FOR FOOD AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY INC
August 12, 2011
My time at Food First was extremely beneficial to me personally and academically. The concept of Food Sovereignty and the knowledge that Eric and the Food First staff hold was vital to my MA research . I learnt about movements and issues that I wouldn't have been exposed to if I'd stayed home. I also grew on a personal level, meeting people from various backgrounds who all had different interests and experiences in the food movement. The volunteer group atmosphere is great and I made some amazing friends. The staff at Food First encouraged us to get involved in food events in the Bay area and they lovingly cooked us lunch every day - that was awesome! I think Food First is a great place to volunteer for if you're interested in food justice and food sovereignty, or if you want to learn more about food through researching and writing updates for their very active website! As a volunteer you are recognised as a crucial person in the Food First family and supported to take on new challenges and achieve your own goals.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers came to talk to the interns one day and I learnt a lot about how important Food First was in supporting and promoting the campaigns and struggles within the food movement. I was so inspired that a group of us went to San Francisco to march in protest outside Trader Joe's (demanding fairer working conditions and a penny per pound more for tomato pickers)
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I really can't think of anything I would change.
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
friends, understanding of the issues, confidence in my written work, contribution to my research.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & analysed the policy approaches of global organisations to food sovereignty. And researched and wrote short stories for the website.