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Idealist in Action | July 31, 2020

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Lizzy Cooke

4 ways to fight hunger in your community
plus, new job opportunities that make a difference.
Hi there, 

Food’s always connected me with my loved ones. I’ve got three brothers, so even though my family was always scrambling to make a soccer game or marching band practice when I was growing up, we’d start the day together by eating breakfast as a family. We all live in different cities now, but we still catch up over breakfast when we’re home for the holidays (before they spend the day watching football and I hide away with a book). 

As the pandemic stretches on, food connects us in even more important ways. We make it for our loved ones to show much-needed support, or share it with our communities to help them get through this tough time. Today, I’m sharing some stories of idealists, and organizations, doing inspiring work in food activism and keeping their communities fed, supported and hopeful. I’ve also included safe ways you can get involved both in-person, and virtually. Let’s get started! 

Waving from NYC,



“While under the ‘Stay home’ rule, I prepared outdoor coffee ceremonies on a small balcony, to help my family feel like we were going out for a coffee.”

“I’m a nurse in long term care. I cook for some patients with special food needs like me, so they can have yummy food. I cook meals for my mom and I share my food with everyone I can. I love to cook and feed people!”

“Sometimes we contribute to the community pot to give to those families who need it most...It gives me joy seeing the spirit of the Bayanihan community giving, living strong in my country. People do what they can for others—small acts of kindness that bless the heart and inspire.”

Meet this inspiring group of idealists (and many others!) in our global Facebook group! There, you can connect with like-hearted people and team up to change the world 🌎

📆  Coordinate volunteers to buy food for the elderly

📚 Teach online cooking classes to help communities eat healthier 

🔍  Do research to help create a free food directory with the Food Access Project 

📝 Create a simple recipe book utilizing pantry samples, to be distributed by the Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco

woman delivering food

Chantel Johnson created Off Grid in Color, which teaches others how to live off the land! The org also sells food at local farmers markets, like forest-raised pork and microgreens. 

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The mutual aid group Queens Together has been providing families with free meals and groceries. They’ve already given away 1700 meals, and counting!

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North Brooklyn Mutual Aid created the Greenpoint Fridge project, which provides free food to the neighborhood! 

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Ariel Green shares inspiration and tools for living more sustainably through the Instagram account @sustainablebrowngirl 

The Ford Foundation is hiring a Data Associate in New York, NY. 

National Black Child Development Institute is hiring a Marketing and Communications Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD.

The Institute of International Education is hiring a Fulbright Outreach and Recruitment Specialist in Washington, DC. 

​Japanese Community Youth Council is hiring a Program Assistant in San Francisco, CA.

National Wildlife Federation Headquarters is hiring a Digital Campaigns Coordinator in Reston, VA. a whole lot more! Start your own search at 

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Lizzy Cooke

Lizzy Cooke is the editor of the Idealists in Action newsletter. She also builds the Idealist community through social media and marketing. Outside of work you can find her reading, running, or walking dogs for her local animal shelter in Brooklyn.