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July 2018 Event

Wwill be volunteering at Somerville's Mobile Market on July 14, 2018

🚚 our July 2018 Have a Hart Day (HAHD) Boston event, we are going to be going back* to the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)’s Mobile Market in Somerville, MA.  The event will be on Jul 14, 2018 from 8am-10:30am.

🍅Volunteering at the Mobile Market consists of sorting food (mainly produce and dry goods),  Volunteers will be outdoors and most likely on their feet the whole time, as well as possibly carrying heavy boxes.  Volunteers also will be distributing food to the residents of Clarendon Hill Towers.

🚍It is preferable that volunteers be 14+, but not required.  The location has free parking for volunteers and is also MBTA accessible via bus.

🌺 Fun Have a Hart Day (HAHD) Boston fact:  this Captain’s first-ever event as City Captain in Training took place here in July of 2016.

📧If you are interested in volunteering, please email Heather at HAHDBoston@gmail.com

Have you checked out our Facebook GroupTwitterInstagram, and Tumblr yet?

*Haven’t been back there since last autumn!

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Press Release: Local Volunteer Group to Celebrate Second Anniversary

WESTWOOD, MA, JUNE 8 – The Boston Chapter of Have a Hart Day will be celebrating its second anniversary under its current City Captain, Heather T. Ford.  The group began in its current form in July of 2016. Since then, they have volunteered in Boston, Somerville, and Quincy. The upcoming volunteer event will be at The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Mobile Market in Somerville on July 14.

Have a Hart Day Boston is the Boston chapter of the volunteer organization Have a Hart Day.  Have a Hart Day is an organization with chapters throughout the world.  In 2013, Youtuber Hannah Hart, then best known for her series “My Drunk Kitchen,” toured the country in her “Hello Harto” tour.  At each tour stop, she would hold volunteer events.  Some areas continued these volunteer events, and Have a Hart Day was born.

Although there was a Have a Hart Day Boston group which was active from 2014-2015, the City Captain left and the group was no longer active until July 2016.  The first event under the new management was at The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Mobile Market in Somerville. Since then, the monthly events have occurred both at the Somerville Mobile Market and The Greater Boston Food Bank’s warehouse in Boston.  This past month, Have a Hart Day Boston helped at cancer charity This Star Won’t Go Out’s annual gala in Quincy.

In order to join Have a Hart Day Boston, volunteers need to be above the age of sixteen.  It is not required to show up for every event. Each event is about 2.5 hours. By sending an email to HAHDBoston@gmail.com, a person may get information about upcoming Have a Hart Day Boston events.  Another good source of information is https://hahdboston.wordpress.com/, from which links to the group’s Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram may be found.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Heather at (339) 222-2469, or email HAHDBoston@gmail.com

 

SNAP Challenge Happening Across Mass From 6/11-6/15

(Have you registered for our July event yet?)
This week. Greater Boston Food Bank* employees and other people throughout the Commonwealth will be participating in the SNAP challenge.  For those unfamiliar with this challenge, people who are not on SNAP (colloquially known as food stamps) attempt to survive on the amount of money SNAP provides.  In Massachusetts, this amount is $4.56 per day, $22.80 for the week.  Guidelines of the SNAP challenge include such things as only buy and eat/drink items you would be allowed to purchase on a SNAP EBT card, don’t use food or spices that you already have outside of salt and pepper, and don’t accept food from coworkers or family members.

I (Heather, your Captain) partook in a “food stamp” challenge as part of a required assignment in a policy class in graduate school.  It was not fun.  However, a large portion of my paper which resulted from that challenge focused on the fact that these challenges are a bad idea for a number of reasons, and do not actually teach anything.  The zoo-like atmosphere which accompanies celebrity SNAP challenges: too much “healthy” food or not enough?  What about having to eat something you hate? Ignores the fact that the reality of what one would buy can be affected by factors such as if you have an oven at your disposal.

Of course, what SNAP challenges do illustrate well is the importance of food banks and easily-accessible food pantries and soup kitchens, also emphasize that food stamps cannot be used to buy things such as paper goods, cleaning supplies, or menstrual products.

What do you think?  Are SNAP challenges poverty tourism, or educational for the public in a way that leads to greater food justice?  Let us know on our Facebook GroupTwitterInstagram, or Tumblr.

*It should go without saying, but we here at Have a Hart Day Boston have the utmost respect for the Greater Boston Food Bank.  Our captain just happens to believe participating in this challenge is a policy misfire.