On Monday, November 5 Mystic Museum of Art hosted a viewing of the film, Food Stamped.
Owner of Kate’s Cafe in Mystic, Kate Straub, and her Executive Chef, Gwenivere Lyon started the evening with a tasting of healthy, good-for-you food from their menu: Mexican Black Bean Quinoa Salad, Raw Beet Salad, and Curried Chickpea Salad.
Kate and Gwen spoke briefly about the different ways we could choose to eat healthier. Kate reassures us that we, “are not limited to sitting down in front of a bowl of raw broth.”
Once the movie started, our audience followed Shira and Yoav Potash, a couple who take on the food stamp challenge and live on a food stamp budget for one week.
After the film Brian Trent, writer and moderator for the panel, initiated a discussion about the film. The panel included; Craig Floyd, owner Footsteps Farm in Stonington, Connecticut; Dan Meiser, owner of the Oyster Club Restaurant in Mystic; Lisa Tepper Bates, Executive Director of MASH (Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality); and Kelly Horton, Vice President of the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center & Food Policy Council.
Brian Trent tells us, “this is the 1st generation not expected to live past their parents’ generation.”
Kelly Horton says, “11% of people in this county are on food stamps.”
Audience members express their struggle with eating healthy on a budget, and look to the panel for ways the community and local government can help.
Some members of the audience ask what can be done in our communities to make healthy food more affordable and accessible.
The panelists encourage the community to work together to find solutions, like creating community gardens and participating in programs like the New London County Food Policy Council.