STORIES: November 2010


Just Food Celebrates Support from Michael Pollan, USDA, and Bank of America

Michael Pollan Wins Lennon Ono Grant for Peace

With Thanksgiving under our belts (literally) and the holiday season officially in full swing, Just Food has quite a bit of exciting news to celebrate this fall.

In October, journalist, best-selling author, and sustainable food champion Michael Pollan won the 2010 Lennon Ono Grant for Peace. The biennial award was created in 2002 to honor the former Beatles legend’s peace and human rights activism. Pollan designated his prize to five nonprofit organizations and allocated a $10,000 donation to Just Food. "I am pleased to be able to support Just Food, which is doing some of the most innovative and effective work I know of to improve access to good food, a boon to both eaters and farmers in the New York foodshed," said Pollan.

Just Food is truly grateful to Michael Pollan, not only for this donation, but for all he has done over the years to support Just Food and to build awareness and support for local and sustainable agriculture. As an organization that has long been on the frontier of this movement, Just Food recognizes the tremendous impact of Pollan’s investigative journalism and must-read arsenal of best-selling books, from Omnivore’s Dilemma to Food Rules. "By shining a light on the inherent flaws in the conventional food system, Pollan has inspired thousands of Americans to meet their farmers, grow their own food, and find ways to participate in and support their own local food communities," said Jacquie Berger, Just Food Executive Director.

USDA Provides Seed Funding for Farm School NYC

Just Food would like to take the opportunity to thank the USDA for providing funding through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program to help Just Food and its partners launch Farm School NYC. Read more here.

Just Food joins the ranks of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders®

And last, but certainly not least, on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at a ceremony at the New York Public Library, Just Food received Bank of America’s prestigious Neighborhood Builders® Award. The award recognizes Just Food for its work building healthy New York City communities through fresh, healthy, locally-grown food. Read more here.