Monday, July 21, 2014

Evergreen™ Featured Title: The Stop

The Stop The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed A Community and Inspired A Movement by Nick Saul
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It began as a food bank. It turned into a movement. In 1998, when Nick Saul became executive director of The Stop, the little urban food bank was like thousands of other cramped, dreary, makeshift spaces, a last-hope refuge where desperate people could stave off hunger for one more day with a hamper full of canned salt, sugar and fat. For users of the food bank, knowing that this was their best bet for a meal was a humiliating experience.

Since that time, The Stop has undergone a radical reinvention. Participation has overcome embarrassment, and the isolation of poverty has been replaced with a vibrant community that uses food to build hope and skills, and to reach out to those who need a meal, a hand and a voice. It is now a thriving, internationally respected Community Food Centre with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers' markets and a mission to revolutionize our food system. Best of all, fourteen years after his journey started, Nick Saul is introducing this neighbourhood success story to the world. In telling the remarkable story of The Stop's transformation, Saul and Curtis argue that we need a new politics of food, one in which everyone has a dignified, healthy place at the table. By turns funny, sad and raw, The Stop is a timely story about overcoming obstacles, challenging sacred cows and creating lasting change.

Stratford can be very proud of the Local Community Food Centre movement – our own Local CFC is the very first ‘satellite’ centre that came after the ideals of The Stop expanded province-wide! Our Local’s Director Steve Stacey has even written a book himself, all about Stratford Food so be sure to check that out once you’re done The Stop!

And you can watch an interview with Nick Saul recently done by Kobo, to learn all about his new book.

Don’t forget, if you read this book as part of SPL’s STARR Summer Reading program, you can claim 2 stamps on your Rewards Card, and also be eligible to vote during Ontario Public Library Week in October to choose the winner of the Evergreen™ Award!

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