Obviously (and completely objectively), the most exciting thing happening on Saturday, May 9 is ASF’s symposium and concert with former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, Mass. Secretary of Health and Human Services JudyAnn Bigby, Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Judith Kurland, and the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (details on the symposium and concert here — it’s not too late to RSVP to me for either event! And click here for Joel Brown’s concert coverage on HubArts).
But another event is competing for the May 9 crown. On Saturday, the National Association of Letter Carriers is holding a wonderful food drive called “Stamp Out Hunger.” Just leave a bag of non-perishable food items in a bag by your mailbox — your mailman or mailwoman will deliver it to a local food bank.
Food drives are a fantastic way to deliver immediate help to families in need, especially when they’re part of a sustainable framework — as Schweitzer Fellows know. In fact, one of our 2008-09 Boston Fellows, Jina Sinskey of the Tufts University School of Medicine, worked with the Greater Boston Food Bank to create culturally appropriate variations of the food acquisition and distribution process to better serve three disparate ethnic groups (Chinese, Brazilian, and Haitian Creole) in the greater Boston area. Jina created a set of user-friendly and sustainable resources targeting each of these populations — including a “Best Food to Donate to your Food Drive” guide.
Jina’s project — and the projects of all the 2008-09 Boston Fellows — will be showcased tonight at the program’s annual Celebration of Service. I’ll be attending with camera in hand; expect blog coverage early next week.