Denise Cerreta is being inducted into the Alumni Hall of Distinction this Saturday October 6, in Canton Ohio for her work with the One World Everybody Eats Foundation. The weekend included an introduction at the Thursday night GlenOak/ McKinley football game and speaking to students at GlenOak Highschool Friday morning. Ms. Cerreta collaborated with freshmen student council members on a unique food drive they are planning later in the month.
She will recieve a plaque along with Brian McPeek, John Sabo and Christina Duckworth Romer this Saturday in a reception in Canton from 5-7pm.
It was a hot summers night in the Big Apple June 21 but a lot of fun!! If you did not get a chance to donate you can still go online www.fareground.org and get a donation to help with start up funds for a cafe in Beacon, NY!!!
Panera Cares opened its 4th Community Cafe in Lakeview, a suburb of Chicago on June 21st. Denise and Rev. Reggie Weaver were able to visit and celebrate with staff on their latest success. It was great to meet the new members of their Panera Cares team and see this new location. Manager Dena showed us around and offered to mentor Rev. Weaver as he moves forward with plans for a commuity cafe in Woodlawn.
Denise met with Rev. Reggie Weaver and members of the First Presbyterian Church in Woodlawn this Sunday to discuss a future community cafe. Their church has lots of land for community gardens and a perfect community hall with a stage for the cafe and a separate street front enterance from the church itself. I am not sure of the time line but am very excited for the project!! Woodlawn is a community coming back from some hard economic times and gang activity. It is also located just 3 blocks from the University of Chicago and on the edge of Hyde Park. Currently there is only one coffee shop in the neighborhood of Woodlawn and the future cafe is only 3 blocks from Hyde Park. Woodlawn itself is a food desert.
Denise met with University of Michigan graduate team, Paul and Lori Saginaw of Zingerman’s and community members of Ypsilanti, Michigan Saturday June 23 to discuss the planning of a future Community Cafe project in the area. The project is spearheaded by Paul Saginaw. This was just the first of several planniing meetings as insights and feedback from the community are very important to Paul and his wife Lori. Along with great food they plan to add art to the mix! This sounds like a very interesting project and with Paul’s depth of knowledge about food and his love of community it should be a good one!!
Witness to Hunger and the Center for Hunger Free Communities is hosting their first annual conference in Philadelphia May 2-4. This is a unique conference that also includes the Witness to Hunger group who has lived or is living in food insecurity. Together we hope to create an action plan to carry out that will have an impact on hunger.
The Soupervan is the vision of Nik and Dom who live in New Jersey. They are social entrepreneurs who are helping to create more local food security. every time youpurchase a healthy bowl ( or cup) of soup at the Soupervan, one is created by you aat the local soup kitchen. You are doing good, just by eating well! You will enjoy this video of Nik click here to watch!
Congratulations to Margot and Kara who opened Fareground today as a ‘pop up cafe’ in Beacon, NY. Fareground is a ‘ pay what you can’ community cafe that will feed all regardless of their means. The menu included soft corn tortillas, herbed rice, chicken, pulled pork, guacamole, cole slaw, mango salsa, brownies, lemonade and I am sure a few other good things I have forgotten! Denise was there to represent The One World Everybdy Eats Foundation at the opening. Click here to watch a short video of the cafe that will make you feel like you were there too!!
This is a wonderful article about F.A.R.M. Cafe who opened in Boone, NC. Click here to read the article.