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Food For Thought Challenge

Nov.16, 2020

We may not be physically together, but we can step into someone else’s shoes.

You’re invited to join us for the Food for Thought Challenge, a three-part journey to gain an understanding of challenges families in our region are currently experiencing related to food and financial insecurity. Our goal is to provide an interactive experience and ongoing dialogue about community conditions and how we collectively can make a difference.


Part One: Do you Know ALICE? 

November 16 – November 22
Kickoff on Nov. 16 from 12:00-12:30 pm with a virtual experience and connecting with challenge participants. During this weeklong challenge, you will be asked to live on a specific budget for your weekly meals. You can choose to participate as an individual or family. Throughout the week you will have an opportunity to hear stories from local families and provide your own reflections on your experience.

Part Two: Recipe Challenge  

November 23 – December 7, 2020
Create a healthy recipe using a list of ingredients provided by United Way (upon registration). Submit a photo of your recipe to Rebekah Castagno at rcastagno@unitedwayinc.org by 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2020.

Recipes will be reviewed at the Dec. 15, 2020 Community Panel event on Food Insecurity.

Part Three: Community Panel: Food Insecurity

December 15, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Panel discussion around food insecurity with community leaders and Celebrity Chef Xavier Santiago representing unique perspectives around current community conditions.