Inspired ginger…

I have been so busy this past month…being in Policy while looking for a job is so time and mind consuming! 

Wednesday I got the chance to meet with Stanford Thompson again- this time I got to watch the kids of Tune Up Philly play their instruments.  It was so incredible to see how fast the children could learn something new- for example I saw the 2nd grade violinists who at the beginning of the class could not play the scale backwards – 30 minutes later they could play the scale backwards with ease. 

I have been so inspired working with Stanford Thompson and learning about Tune Up Philly.  The two most amazing things to me about this whole thing is that

  1. These kids picked up their first instrument in October and they play beautifully

2. Stanford Thompson is only 24 years old!

This whole experience has inspired me and as I was driving back through West Philadelphia to get back to school I thought of something I can do.

In one of my classes we began talking about “urban food deserts” which is an urban area where it is hard to find fresh foods.  Instead of supermarkets there is a surplus of fast-food establishments.  In 1996, a British Low Income Project Team defined food deserts as “areas of relative exclusion where people experience physical and economic barriers to accessing healthy foods” (Reising and Hobbiss, 2000). 

I came up with this idea of opening up cooking classes in these “food deserts” to teach people how to cook low-cost healthy meals that they can provide to their family.  I don;t know if anyone has started a program similar to this but I wish I went to culinary school or something of that sort because I think this would be such a great program!  I spoke with my roommate about it because she is in food marketing and I think we may look into it in a few years after we’ve gotten more experience!  We shall see….

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2 Responses

  1. It is really great that you went back and got some more pictures and explained more about your video. Also I love your cooking idea. I think some other people have done similar things with cooking like, Love Your Fruits and Vegetables, but your have a different spin on it and I am interested to find out more.

  2. I agree with Jenna. It’s awesome that you revisited your changemaker and now you’re cooking up some great ideas of your own!

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