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Support the Gulf Coast TODAY!
May 27, 2010, 9:15 am
Filed under: Culanthropy

Below is a letter we sent to our friends and colleagues in the Gulf Coast:

Dear Friends of the Gulf Coast,

As the oil spill crisis continues to unfold, I wanted to let you know that you have been on the minds of the CulinaryCorps volunteers you have so kindly embraced over the years.  Many have asked how they can help, if their skills can be of any use as the gravity of the situation settles into our consciousness.  It is clear that you are all in our thoughts and prayers as is your wetlands, your wildlife, your communities and your livelihoods.

And while we may not be of use on the front-lines of the clean-up effort, we wanted to let you know that CulinaryCorps will be making a donation to OxFam America to help provide assistance to those who require it in both the short and long term.  While we fully realize this is just a very small action for such an enormous heartache, we hope to continue to support the cleanup efforts in any way we can.

Time has proven that when hardship strikes, the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast rise as inspirations to us all.  Here is to your renewal of strength and courage so you may rise again.  We have no doubt you will.

With love and eternal support,

Christine

Here are a few of the responses we received.  Wise and poignant words that we should all heed:

“Thank you so very much for your generosity in thought and deed.  Here in Pass Christian, there are significant preparedness measures being executed should the oil reach us.  Berms on the beaches, booms at strategic locations at entrance to bayous, constant surveillance of tides and currents are measures that give us hope….while we worry.   It is our hope at the Boys and Girls Club, that we may provide a stable environment for our children who live in an unstable world. Your compassion is very much appreciated.”

“Unfortunately here we go again…….(only this disaster is in slow motion).  Please spread the word to everyone who works in kitchens or eats food (everyone) that Louisiana seafood is still SAFE TO EAT and still offers the best shrimp, oysters, crabs, and fish in the United States – best shrimp and oysters in the world.  It is very important that this word be spread because our fishermen will have a tougher time surviving the level of misinformation out there than the oil spill itself!”

“Please tell people to call their representatives and demand that they be more supportive of us  and place pressure on them to get the oil leak plugged.  It’s been a month and a half now, and the support from Washington has been as non-existent as it was during Katrina.  Very sad.”

“If you have about 15 minutes there is a video of a local radio host that is very worth your while. He can explain, better than I, what’s going on in the gulf and how it will impact the nation I wish everyone could see this: http://www.wwl.com/pages/7155465.php”

“Thanks so much for your kind words. It really is a very sad state of affairs in our precious Gulf right now. I am just holding out for a minor miracle and cling to the hope that BP figures something out SOON.”

We cannot risk losing these precious foodways…AGAIN!  What can YOU do to help support the Gulf Coast?  Maybe it is a donation to Oxfam America, The National Wildlife Foundation, The White Boot Brigade or the Save Our Coast Foundation?

Maybe it’s hosting a restaurant fundraiser in your own community like Leslie B, a 2008 CulinaryCorps alum?

Or maybe it’s scheduling a last-minute getaway to New Orleans to take part in the Second Annual Oyster Festival, spearheaded by the venerable P&J Oyster?

Whatever you do, remember the slogan of Southern food activist Poppy Tooker: “Eat It to Save It”.  These words have never rang more true than right here, right now.

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