The Stop by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis
It began as a food bank. It turned into a movement.
When Nick Saul became executive director of The Stop in 1998, the little urban food bank was cramped and dreary, a last-hope refuge where desperate people could stave off hunger for one more day with wilted produce and food-industry castoffs – mislabelled products and misguided experiments that no one wanted to buy. For users of the food bank, knowing that this was their best bet for a meal was a humiliating experience.
Since that time, The Stop has undergone a radical reinvention. Participation has overcome embarrassment, and the isolation of poverty has been replaced with a vibrant community that uses food to build hope and skills, and to reach out to those who need a meal, a hand and a voice. It is now a thriving, internationally respected Community Food Centre with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers’ markets and a mission to revolutionize our food system.
The remarkable story of The Stop’s transformation is one in which everyone has a dignified, healthy place at the table. By turns funny, sad and raw, The Stop is a timely story about overcoming obstacles, and creating lasting change.
The Stop by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library and a nominee for the 2014 Evergreen™ Award. Read as many on the Evergreen list as you like and vote for your favourite in October.
*Originally published in the Minden Times, May 7th, 2014.