Last week on Instagram I posted about small actions. And the neat thing is that those small actions count even in the food you eat. Today I’m highlighting three ways you can make the world more awesome. Which actions will you take?
Support makers of color, disabled makers, Muslim makers, Sikh makers, women makers, LGBTQIAP+ makers.
And don’t just wait. Find them, ask for recommendations. I got some good recs just asking about on Twitter. And while I’ll be posting what I can on Instagram, you can do this for everything, from clothing to travel.
If you’re buying them in person, it’s great to let those people know you are so glad they’re around. That they matter. That they will continue to matter. And if you like their stuff, tell your friends!
Here are some places to get started:
- Plum / Plum Bistro / Sugar Plum
- LICK Pure Ice Cream
- Cupcake Royale
- Marination Station / Marination Ma Kai / Super Six
Support growth for food businesses in underserved communities.
I’ve been a tiny part of the Food Innovation Network for a while, which was working on bringing a kitchen incubator to South Seattle/Tukwila. With the kitchen incubator’s first cohort gearing up to start, they’re working on new plans and I’ll continue to support their media efforts. (Check them out, they’re awesome!)
FIN is run by Global to Local, and they’re not the only game in town. Support them. Some could use volunteers, some could use letters of support, some could use monetary assistance. Pick your level of support, and set aside some time to do that.
Have some places to get started in Seattle/King County:
This is still probably the most important one. Everyone in a place of privilege, now more than ever, needs to take time to listen and learn about what’s happening. And learn how to be a good ally for the specific group you’re out to help, because sometimes that gets lost when we’re reacting to things.
If you need to, listen, then step back and rest, then return. Be ready to hear things you didn’t expect, and to have to rethink how you go about in the world. And that’s tough. Tough, and necessary. And I know you can do it! I mean, we’ve learned about the issues in chocolate, and this just means going one step further.