Sol Food 4 Frontliners: Sol Nation Teams Up with Community to Feed Frontline Workers and Residents
As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, communities have more needs to fulfill. For the westside one of those needs that the community is able to tackle is the need for food and protective equipment. Community members partnered with Sol Nation, an environmental justice organization, to create the program Sol Food 4 Frontliners
. The goal is to feed those healthcare workers putting themselves in harms way to fight against COVID-19.
Sol Food 4 Frontliners is also feeding westside residents in need of meals. Sol Nation and the community are including resiliency kits as a part of the distribution efforts. The kits provide masks, sanitizer, and any other protective equipment that people may need to navigate to stay safe during the pandemic.
Tiffany Fant, a member of Sol Nation’s leadership team, explained that the community's mission to feed frontline workers and community members aligned with their focus. “The month of May for us is about food sovereignty. Environmental justice is about food sovereignty. It is about people owning their solutions and being able to feed themselves.” Partnering with the community was a natural relationship.
The solution that the community and Sol Nation came up with involves putting black-owned catering businesses back to work and selecting central pick-up locations for the meals. Fant explained, “We are paying the caterers to fix the meals and deliver them out to the various pick-up points.” The caterers currently helping in the effort are Cordre Catering and Marlie Q Caribbean Queen. To cover the cost of providing a frontline worker and a community member with these precooked meals you can donate $20 or more to the cause
Once the cost of the meal is covered the delivery effort gets underway. Sol Nation is still developing pick-up points for the meals, but they have already partnered with Nova at the Freedom Drive location. “We’ve done two trial runs based on some of the money we have raised,” said Fant. Some of the pick-up points they are looking into involve partnering with warehouses like that of FedEx and UPS. Sol Nation is also connecting with the organization Block Love CLT
to help in the effort of distributing food in the community.
If you want to help with the effort you can donate to the cause by going to SolNation.org
. If you are interested in becoming a pick-up location for the meals and kits contact Sol Nation at SolNation.org/contact