All Baltimore City public schools were closed on Tuesday in response to violent protests breaking out across the city in response to Freddie Gray’s death. About 84 percent of students in city’s public schools receive free or reduced-price lunches, according to the school district’s website. The closings mean that these students were unable to access these lunches, and churches and community centers have been scrambling to fill the gap.

But Whole Foods and Five Guys provided free food for National Guard soldiers rather than thousands of high-need children.

Omg I made sweet potato fries 👀 I can’t believe I used to boil potatoes before baking them when it’s so much easier to just chop (toss with salt, Italian herbs and a little oil) and bake at 450, leave for 25 minutes *flip* 20 more minutes! They are so good they don’t even need keptchup (I’ll still prolly use ketchup tho) 😻✨🍟

Simplest Winter Salad with Pomegranate, Feta & Balsamic.

I make a variant of this salad throughout the year; the only thing that changes is the fruit I use. In winter, the vibrant jewels of pomegranate make this absurdly simple dish feel totally special. It requires no fuss or pretense, and barely needs directions. Instead, the flavors do all the work. 

Get the recipe (plus a viral video for the most genius pomegranate deseeding method ever) here!

Brown box heaven 🌻🌾🌞 - Ok here’s a little story for you guys: Almost got into a car crash on the way home from Whole Foods (don’t worry, I’m just exaggerating - I’m a terrible driver so near death experiences aren’t a rarity) SO, ~Veganism almost killed me~ Ha ha ha I’m so funny. Ok I’ll stop now. Hope you enjoyed this pretty pic of veggies that would have been perfectly fine without my sad attempt at vegan humor✌🏼😂

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When Accessibility gets Labeled Wasteful
So there’s a debate going on, on Twitter right now between disabled people and people who either claim to care about the environment and or just want to complain about “lazy people&#822…

I saw disabled people with dexterity problems or weak/painful joints get excited over finally being able to eat oranges again, because buying pre-peeled oranges can actually make sense when you aren’t physically capable of safely peeling oranges yourself. Of course, there are environmental concerns with all that packaging, and price concerns too, but I think it’s also a problem that the entire mainstream discussion ignored accessibility and how there might actually be a positive to this product. Plus, that last twitter screenshot says so much about how little able-bodied people care about accessibility…


12-Year-Old Alejandrina, One of 100,000 Kids Working in Mexico Farms

An estimated 100,000 Mexican children under 14 pick crops for pay. Alejandrina, 12, wanted to be a teacher. Instead, she became a migrant farmworker, following the pepper harvest from farm to farm. “I think that it’s too late because … I failed myself, for not being in school,” she said.

Part 4 of the LA Times report on Mexico mega farms focuses on the children — who like Alejandrina have sacrificed their education and even childhood — to work in the fields under often inhumane conditions.

With much of the produce harvested by Mexican children going to the United States, this story is really one of US corporations like Walmart, Target and Whole Foods neglecting the social accountability agreements they have made to insure such abuses as those suffered by the children featured in this report do not happen on their watch.

We support calls being made for the Fair Food Program to be extended to Mexico farms. Although the produce industry is promising to improve Mexican farmworker conditions, according to follow up report by the LA Times, we are skeptical and will make sure to inform you on any developments.

For Alejandrina and the 100,000 other children working in Mexico’s agricultural industry, we cannot allow this story to be forgotten.

Read LA Times report: In Mexico’s fields, children toil to harvest crops that make it to American tables

Charoset Ice Cream: A Passover Surprise!

In the words of my dear Aunt Nancy: “That looks so delicious but seems so wrong!” I’m sure she speaks for many a Jew who may have initial misgivings about putting the Pesach food symbolic of thousands of years of manual labor into happy (giddy, really) ice cream form. I am here to tell you, as I told Aunt Nancy, that this Charoset Ice Cream business is insanely delish.

Before we go any further, let me clarify for the gentiles in the crowd: Charoset is one of the symbolic foods eaten at Passover dinner, traditionally made from apples, walnuts, honey, cinnamon, and wine. For seder, it represents the mortar Egypt’s slaves shaped into bricks. In ice cream form, enrobed by honey vanilla ice cream, it becomes something like the dreamiest apple crisp a la mode you’ve ever dared imagine.

Read more and get the (kosher-friendly) recipe here.