Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Million Can March

Food banks have been suffering since before the election. A nun in San Francisco left a comment in a thread on Huffington asking everyone to remember food banks back in October.

Today, I discovered something on Drinking Liberally in New Milford. The Million Can March.
*note* Sometimes this cool little animated graphic of a marching can loads. Sometimes it doesn't.

From the folks at Les Enrages.org:
Welcome to the Unruly Mob and the launching of our Million Can March! This all started with a vague notion that we should do something more than just have a good laugh at the next round of tea parties scheduled for July 4th. I thought that if tea baggers are so afraid of socialism, maybe we could show 'em socialism on a national scale. And what is more socialistic than sharing our food with others. Food banks across the nation are struggling with shortages as increasing demands meet head on with decreasing donations. But bloggers also reach across the nation - and the world - and we could make a real difference for our neighbors and make this a memorable 4th of July.

Tengrain over at Mock, Paper, Scissors designed participant badges to go in blogger's sidebars. You can even get a single can in a color to match your blog template. Tengrain says:

Here’s the deal: Reverand Phat over at Les Enragés and the unruly mob over there decided that they wanted to do something positive to counteract all the silliness of Wingnuttia, and to co-opt their event they are challenging the conservatives to participate in the food drive. Clever, n’est-ce pas?
Obviously, if I didn't think it weren't a very clever idea, I wouldn't have instantly jumped on board. More importantly, I've loaded up some bags to take up to my favorite local food pantry.


Fergie said...

you go girl! And it is true... at our food pantry, we were expecting several of the huge boxes from the postal drive this year. We got half of one. We do like to give the patrons a little bit of variety instead of noodles, mac and cheese, and pasta sauce *every week*... with the occasional box of rice thrown in instead of the mac and cheese. Sad but true, you aren't going to get a low carb low wheat diet from food pantry food. We get what we can afford to buy in bulk. Donations of NON expired, NON-bug infested items are GREATLY appreciated!!

PENolan said...

Fergie - I'm excited that you have personal knowledge of this very necessary project.

I just wrote The Rachel Maddow Show, per the recommendation of RevPhat at LesEngrages


Gail said...

Hi Trish-

Excellent and critical project. I am painfully aware of the poverty and hunger just 30 minutes south of where we live -
we have long since donated and been involved - having volunteered to prepare meals for years.

It is a "pandemic" that will kill far more than the swine flu.

love and concern

Comrade Kevin said...

I'll see what I've got in the old pantry. *blows dust*

PENolan said...

Dig deep in that cupboard, Old Mother Hubbard.

I can't believe that woman the other day saying hunger could be a motivator to get a job. Sheesh.

RevPhat said...

Wanted to come by and say thanks for the support. Also QuakerDave started a facebook group here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=122748500015 so you can spread the word that way. Blog about what you did and be sure to include the total number of items you all donated and then send me the link as near July 4th as you can. Thanks!

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