Community Update March 12, 2020
While most of you had likely never been to our office in the co-working space of Impact Hub Boston, or the satellite location in Newton, you missed your chance. I now dock my laptop at the FSU Entrepreneur Innovation Center. As a grassroots group, we most often meet with community members in synagogues, on farms, and in tea shops around town, yet it is still nice to have a spot to sit and be grounded.
It’s a crazy time we’re living in right now, and there is a lot of uncertainty about our longer term safety to gather in large groups. We are still over two months away from the Jewish Sustainable Food Fest event and it’s too early to say how COVID-19 virus will affect us.
Right now, in consultation with the board of directors, and all local, state, and national health authorities, we have decided to proceed with cautious optimism. We are moving forward in our planning. In the hopes that the peak will have passed, we are working to ensure that all possible precautions are taken to make our event as safe as possible for all involved. We will continue to monitor the situation, explore contingencies, reassess as needed, and communicate our thoughts and updates with you.
We are a community building organization. We are committed to building a healthy, resilient community and food system, a job that is extremely challenging as both negative economic impacts and increases in discrimination and xenophobia become more apparent.
We hold tight to the idea:
“Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh La Zeh,”
We are all responsible for and to one-another.
To continue building this strong community, we are still looking for more sponsors and vendors for the JSFF. Might it be you or somebody you know? We have extended the deadline to give companies in transition time to get organized. We look forward to sharing registration information soon!
We are also asking our strong community for support. As global supply chains are interrupted, take a moment to consider not just the implications on your immediate family but also your neighbors, your local farmers, the food service workers without paid sick days, and the economic impact on organizations cancelling their events. Please also consider making a donation to support our work during this period of unknown.
We work not only to minimize the risk to ourselves and others, but also to lift up the goodness, and work towards a more just food system for all. We’re in this together.
Thank you all for your patience and support.
Leora Mallach, Director
Michelle Klieger, Board Chair