There are a number of connections being drawn between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the power imbalance in the food system, and now there are even Occupy Against Big Food protests gaining the attention of famous foodies such as Marion Nestle and Anna Lappe. But even though these arguments about the larger system are worth reading and exploring, I've been more interested with the down and dirty question of what the protesters themselves are actually eating.
Occupy San Francisco is sprawling outward across Justin Herman Plaza in the Financial District, and I pass many sleeping protestors on my way to work in the morning. I've occasionally seen someone up early, cutting up bagels that will presumably be given to the protestors. So how does the movement approach feeding its hungry?
It turns out that the Occupy Wall Street movement has its own food committee, which brought up some concerns and ideas back in July. The comments on this post are interesting to read through and offer different point to consider. The movement also supplies a list for anyone who wants to order food for protesters (Occupy San Francisco has a form to fill out, which doesn't tell me much).
All in all, movement organizers are doing a ton of organizing. They even tried to consider people with nut allergies:
"we need an alternative for people with nut allergies. Some people suggested hummus, but that is quite perishable and we don't want people to get food poisoning."
Kuddos (although the Celiac in me is wondering what she would eat in this type of situation...but that's part of the problem. Bread is incredibly cheap. Fresh veggies and whole foods? Not so much). Good.is just posted an interesting article about the closest thing to a solidarity food identified by the movement: pizza. More specifically, the OccuPie special at Liberato's Pizza.
At the end of the day, I'd like to show solidarity with those participating in the Occupy movement. It's incredibly important to fight against inequalities in our current system, especially when they affect an individual's right to nutritious, accessible, and culturally appropriate food.