The Revolution Will Be Nourished

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September 26, 2011

There is a powerful, yet largely unknown, revolution taking place all over the country, and it began with Wall Street, NYC.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been going on for over a week, and thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds have been camped out at Liberty Square. There are daily marches, speeches, and numerous protests occurring over the fact that 1% of the people have 99% of the money, and that "the banks have been bailed out and the people have been sold out".

Rather than continuously posting updates to my social media, I decided it was time to take action, and go support these dedicated and patriotic citizens. As a nutritionist and avid food lover, I was also curious how they were being fed.

It turns out that this is a highly organized and nourished movement. Volunteers are serving three meals a day, and the food is omnivorous, with the majority being vegetarian. It is either donated by people sending pizzas and other delivery food, or through cash donations which help them buy dried foods like granola bars, bread, nut butter, fruits, and veggies. They had quite a spread for dinner, there was a chicken dish, some rice and veggie dishes, and I even saw natural peanut butter, raw honey, and Trader Joe's hummus on the table.

These creative and dedicated people also got into the spirit of "reduce, reuse recycle", by using the blank part of the pizza box to make protest signs.

The kitchen volunteer that I interviewed said that they've have been there for a week and are planning to stay indefinitely.

If you are in New York, you can either drop off healthy dried foods, send delivery, or offer cash donations. If you are anywhere else, and want to support this historical movement, then you can donate via their website.

As we chanted, "A people united will not be divided" and "What does democracy look like? This is what democracy looks like", it hit me what a transformational moment in time this really is. Regardless of the outcome, we the people are putting the power to make a difference back into our own hands!