The Third Course / Advocacy: Part One

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead This frequently cited quote is one of the best sources of inspiration when diving into an advocacy campaign. Some find citizen lobbying and the political process to…

The Second Course / Food Waste & Composting: Part Two

Solutions to End Food Waste Reducing food waste is a large task to tackle. It occurs at all levels, all the way from the farm to the table, so in order to reduce it we have to look at the big picture. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a Food Recovery Hierarchy that is useful…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello readers! Happy holidays from Next Course! This week we are taking a short break from our regular postings of the Course Series. At this time I wanted to focus on charity and donations. While there are plenty of good options for volunteering and donating your time or other goods, I wanted to give a…

The Second Course / Food Waste & Composting: Part One

Food waste is an often unseen entity in our world. Our experience with it is often tossing leftovers in the trash, and having them promptly removed by a garbage removal company once a week. Out of sight, out of mind. However, while the average consumer’s experience with food waste is fairly muted, the impact in…

The First Course / Hunger, Food Insecurity, & Poverty: Part Four

This week we’re summarizing The First Course in our series. In the first three parts we learned about how hunger and food insecurity both stem from the same root problem but do not mean the same thing. We also looked at how poverty can create hunger and be borne from it. So how can you…

The First Course / Hunger, Food Insecurity, & Poverty: Part Three

Food insecurity is often an overlooked term when it comes to defining hunger and poverty and how they interact. Hunger is the word most often used as a blanket term to describe any and all aspects of a lack of food and its effects. However, the two are not as interchangeable as you would think….

The First Course / Hunger, Food Insecurity, & Poverty: Part Two

Poverty and hunger are so closely interwoven that it is nearly impossible to address one without acknowledging the other. So why then do we separate them rather than working to end them at the same time? Poverty is a cause of hunger but hunger is also a cause of poverty. There cannot be one without…

The First Course / Hunger, Food Insecurity, & Poverty: Part One

When someone says the word “hunger” what is it that you think of? Do you picture a refugee camp in a third world country? A homeless shelter? The donation bin at your local supermarket during the holiday season? All of these images probably conjured up specific scenarios and keywords in your mind about who is…