On March 4th, Fourth Generation teamed up with three local chefs for Graze 4 Good, a sold out fundraiser supporting nutrition and food justice* in our community. Over 150 people gathered at Spill the Wine where foodie and Fourth Geners joined forces to enjoy tasty treats from Doug Flicker of Piccolo, Steven Brown of Tilia, and Mike Brown of Travail and make a difference.
Like Fourth Generation members, the chefs also had appetite for food justice and donated their time and talent to make Graze 4 Good a success. This event, combined with funds already raised gives Fourth Generation over $30,000 to support local nonprofits addressing this issue.
"Even though food is a basic need, food injustice is all around us. Fourth Generation is raising funds to support organizations that are bringing healthy foods in our communities – whether they are running food shelves, offering nutrition programs, or improving access to affordable and healthy foods," said Robyn Schein, Director of Fourth Generation.
Addressing the group of mostly twenty- and thirtysomething year olds, the chefs shared their ideas and values around nutrition, locally sourced food, and food justice. Mike Brown said he appreciates the deep relationship he has with local vendors who often consult with him to determine what seeds to plant the next year. Steven Brown agreed, saying that nothing tastes as good as freshly prepared and cooked foods. But for these chefs, it's not just about the food – it's also about the people.
"By using locally grown ingredients, we're also investing in people and their families and that means a lot to us," Doug Flicker said.
Members also had an opportunity to tell participants about the Fourth Generation experience.
"It's like running a mini foundation… and while it's great for the community, this experience is also great for members," advisory committee chair Lolyann Connor said. She added that Fourth Generation gave her an opportunity to learn about effective giving and community issues, gain leadership skills, and collaborate with others for greater impact.
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*Food justice is the right of all people to produce, distribute, access, and eat healthy food.