Garden Day Monday October 11th!

We’ve been working hard on revitalizing our garden space here at Ida B. Wells, planting starts, weeding, and everything in between! Here are some snapshots of our progress: 

We would love to keep our momentum going and welcome you to join us for our next Garden day on Monday, October 11th (a great way to recognize the holiday!). Unless we are all celebrating rain, we’ll be there from 9:30-1:30 pm, weeding and leveling out a few small areas. And welcoming all ideas and advice :)

We encourage volunteers to dress accordingly for our windy, hillside garden. We have gloves, tools and bottled water available, but if you have  garden tools or a water bottle you’d like to use, please bring them along. 

Looking forward to gardening with you soon! 

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A Bowl of Comfort

Sometimes just a bowl of something simple and warm helps in ways nothing else can.  This posole, made by Chefs Brenda and Debbie along with our student intern, represents all we hope for in the future. Sustenance for everyone.  Days without anxiety or burden for all.  Hope.  Hospitality.

We look back on the more than 7000 meals we’ve made for families of our school this year and think “wow” and “oh,”  bittersweet with hope that our families will stay safe and fed over the summer.

We are unsure what life will be like when we return to the school building in August. Keeping our backbone of why we do what we do and keeping it positive will lead us to help more young people in ways that are meaningful and matter to them.

Thank you to those who are keeping inspiration and hospitality alive, especially right now!  Feeding people, such a simple act, still connects us and has once again, become inspiring in and of itself.

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Nov 2020 – Shifts

We’ve been doing a lot of counting and maneuvering these days, making sure our packing of deliveries are correct and packed in a way that won’t break or burst as we make our way through San Francisco.

Our team and our students have been great! When we added it all up, we were amazed that our students have collectively made over 600 meals for their families since mid-summer with our ingredient deliveries and weekly virtual cooking class.  That is a definite WOW!

And now that we are heading into winter months, we realize more direct service to students and families of our Ida B. Wells High School holds even greater value at the moment.  With the help of our school’s Wellness Team and support from teachers and staff, we’ve been able to connect with those in our school community who want more food support. Of course, being chefs, our next thought was about what to make that would be most useful and healthy?

Mothers and grandmothers across the world would tell us the same thing: when in doubt, make really good, really healthy chicken soup. Last week we delivered a chicken soup base,with an optional farro-parsley add-in, along with butternut squash empanadas, mustard dill dressing and more fresh produce and eggs. Lastly, we added in our latest experiment- a peanut-free breakfast cookie.

We couldn’t have put it together without the help of the ladies at the SF Produce Market and our Wellness Team at Ida B. Wells. We hope in the weeks to come we can keep supporting families in the ways that they need. And we look forward to sharing more about what we are making for our families and maybe even sharing some student and family favorites.
Stay well and warm everyone!

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