Grassroots run deep

Alice Bridges

Alice Bridges (BF '13), vice president, healthy communities, KentuckyOne Health

by Alice Bridges, Bingham Fellows Class of 2013 —

The grassroots run deep in Louisville. At the February 21 session of Bingham Fellows, we had the opportunity to hear about several amazing initiatives underway in our community.  These initiatives meet so many needs: improving the food literacy of children and families, bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to vulnerable neighborhoods and empowering residents to manage the process, and training the next generation of students to lead the food economy.

I was particularly moved by the message of Stan Siegwald, director of food policy and planning for Dare to Care Food Bank (and a 2013 Bingham Fellow).  He reminded me a vast number of people in our city don’t know where their next meal is coming from — never mind if it’s fresh and nourishing.  The passion of people like classmate Karyn Moskowitz, founder of New Roots, makes you want to cheer for people at the grassroots level, making real change in partnership with neighbors in need.

As a “doer,” it was fulfilling to start sorting through possible initiatives and focusing our group’s energy.  We buzzed like bees as we shared ideas and began to determine what would be “in” and “out” of our frame of work.

I walked away from the day very proud of the amazing people doing such incredible work in social justice and building the capacity of our community.  It’s exhilarating to be part of a group working to capitalize on these great assets and take it to the next level.