THE 2020 Resiliency Box Project is currently SOLD OUT and the boxes have all been delivered for the 2020 Season.
A letter from Cassidy Tawse-Garcia, the brains and brawn behind this project:
Wow. On behalf of the makers and producers that are part of the ABQ Resilience Box Team, we want to say thank you to all of you! Thank you for supporting this seed of an idea, thank you for supporting local food producers, and thank you for supporting Community through mutual aid.
Thanks to everyone involved in this project, 112 bags of all-local food were dispersed to households in Albuquerque; 56 bags going directly to ABQ Mutual Aid!
Since you have already heard so much from us, in the form of the Zine included with your bags, I wanted to share with you all a note, written from the Volunteers of ABQ Mutual Aid. Their team is small, yet oh so mighty, and working on 100% volunteer power. It has been an honor to collaborate with them on this project. And as they fully exist on food and cash donations, your help if you are able, means a stronger community for us all!
ABQ Mutual Aid is a coalition of local organizations and individuals volunteering to protect our at-risk community members during the COVID-19 emergency in New Mexico. As Albuquerque Mutual Aid, our goal is to be in mutual aid with one another in all ways, which is grounded in serving our community in love through solidarity efforts. Because we are for community by community, volunteers and community members share projects they are interested in working on and implement them.
Currently that includes providing care packages of food, hygiene supplies, and pet supplies to community members in need. To date, ABQ Mutual Aid has been able to serve over 32,000 individuals in Albuquerque and the surrounding communities. As a community we are building the world we want to live one care package at a time. We are so grateful to be working in solidarity and love with our neighbors. To request a care package, donate, or volunteer, please visit www.ffol.org/mutualaid
“From each according to their ability, to each according to their need”
-ABQ Mutual Aid Volunteers
To donate or sign up to volunteer, visit: http://www.ffol.org/mutualaid.html
If you wish to stay in touch with the producers and makers involved in this project, you can find us here at this email, or on our various Instagram handles:
Finally, I forgot to include a recipe in the Zine for your Pueblo-grown and NM-milled blue corn. I recently used this cornbread recipe, and it worked great! Hope this helps!
Ingredients▢3/4 cups all purpose flour▢1 1/2 cup blue corn meal▢1/3 cup granulated sugar (optional, 1 tbsp. honey could also be used)▢1 teaspoon salt▢1 tablespoon baking powder▢1 1/4 cup milk (or milk substitute)▢1/3 cup coconut (or canola) oilInstructions
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a 8 x 8 pan, or a 9 inch round cake pan.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder and stir.
- Now pour in the milk and oil. Stir until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
In gratitude, solidarity and always, community,
On behalf of the ABQ Resilience Box Team
The 2020 Resiliency Boxes are a collection of local foods, products, recipes and spices to prepare a meal that celebrates the nature and flavor of the Rio Grande Valley. Everything included in the boxes is grown, made or developed locally, demonstrating the breadth and scope of our local food system, and its partners in caring for the land.
Each box includes recipes and stories from the producers and makers themselves, offering further depth to your meal. By understanding the ground from which your food comes, the hands that tended it, and the diverse partnerships that exist to get it to your plate, we’ve crafted a unique opportunity to deepen your relationship with your food system.
An essential aspect of resilience is the concept of mutual aid. That is when one person suffers, we all do. So, for every Resilience Box sold, a box will be donated to community members in need through ABQ Mutual Aid.
ABQ Mutual Aid is a coalition of community organizations and individuals working in solidarity to support community. This work is done by collecting and disbursing food to community members in need in a 100% volunteer effort. Since the effort started in March 2020 as a response to the Pandemic, over 1000 individuals and 200 families have been served. We are committed to donating 50 Resilience Boxes to ABQ Mutual Aid.
Each 2020 Resilience Box is $120 and payment is available by cash, check or Venmo.
The order deadline is 5pm, Thursday November 19th. Click Here for more information or to order: http://bit.ly/ABQResilienceBox