Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Oscar Dupuy d'Angeac - Special Events Coordinator

Class: 2017

Spirit vegetable
Eggplant. Definitely. 

New York.

Urban Studies, maybe Comp. Lit.

Favorite activities: 
Drawing, reading, some gee-tar... dumpster diving

What are you looking forward to gaining from the VC position?
A couple hugs would be nice.

What inspires you to do good?
Woah. I'd love to say a conscience but I'm sure there's a lot of bad people with some of those out there. 
My mother?

What are some things you're thinking about lately? 
I've been going to meditation recently where I practice not thinking and I'd say I do a pretty good job.
Off the top of my head though: will I ever make it to bed before Morning Mail - do I want to? Slush. That time Birdman was inside my head too. What inspires me to do good? (still thinkin about that one...) Should I stop changing in front of all of Barbour? How to save the world one bagel at a time. 

What has been your most rewarding experience regarding food access, justice, production, waste, etc? 

When I was in middle school I used to do this thing called The Midnight Run. We would pack a couple cars full of food and clothes and deliver them throughout Manhattan late into the night. Those were my first conversations with people who lived day to day on the food we were giving, and I'll never forget it. 

Izza Drury - Outreach Coordinator 
Class: 16

Spirit vegetable:
Ginger Root

Vinalhaven, Maine

Environmental Studies

Favorite activities: 
Playing Ultimate Frisbee, doing yoga and eating gnocchi. 

What are you looking forward to gaining from the VC position?
I am really looking forward to engaging with the Providence community and building relationships with other people who are interested in food access, and food waste issues. 

What inspires you to do good?
I am inspired by people who make the most of their situations. One day I was walking along a city street and saw a homeless man making ash trays out of aluminum cans. They were beautiful and he was giving them away, and accepting donations. It was the most inspirational thing I have ever seen. 

What are some things you're thinking about lately? 
I have recently been thinking a lot about energy, and the intangible way that positive energy changes the atmosphere of any space. 

What has been your most rewarding experience regarding food access, justice, production, waste, etc? 

Last spring I worked on a map of free food in Providence and interviewed a man who was working to create an edible forest on the South Side of Providence. His passion and energy were contagious, and it was really great to learn that we were helping with his mission of food accessibility through our project. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Meet Our New LT Staff!

We are so excited to announce our new volunteer coordinator and director of operations!
Here's a little bit about each of them:

Vicky (Zhu) - Volunteer Coordinator


Spirit vegetable

Beijing, China

Applied Math- Economics

Favorite activities: 
Movies and basketball

What are you looking forward to gaining from the VC position?
Getting to know and working with the awesome FRN volunteers, and being more involved with Providence community.

What inspires you to do good?
Making small positive changes in this big and complicated world fascinates me.

What are some things you're thinking about lately? 
Thinking about making a short video for FRN, either promotional or for new volunteer training; Looking forward to meeting the new LT and also the 2014 fall volunteers; What the food industry is like here in Providence, can I apply my macroeconomics knowledge to better understand this system?; Whether the FRN could be applied to colleges outside US, such as my hometown—Beijing, which has different food system and eating habits.
How to make good mac-and-cheese; winter schedule back in Beijing; what posters should I get for my dorm decoration.

What has been your most rewarding experience regarding food access, justice, production, waste, etc? 
Visiting McAuley House during lunch time with Shelby and Adalyn from FRN, and talked with the interesting and inspiring people there.

Nguyen - Director of Operations


Spirit vegetable
Broccoli (raw or stir fried with soy sauce)

Where you're from
Danang (a.k.a the Cape cod of Vietnam) 

(Possible) concentrations
Chemical Engineering

Favorite activities 
Cooking, yoga, tennis, hiking and dancing

What are you looking forward to gaining from the DO position? 
Food distrubution and has always been one of the issues I’m most concerned about. Joining the E-Board, I would love to stay updated about the issue as well as learn to take action against it. What I’m most excited about is the future vision of FRN that is to become more publicized and establish more connection with other organizations at Brown and in Providence in general. I look forward to organizing more events, talking to leaders of many groups and diversifying the activities of FRN. I found myself so lucky to be selected in the position, where I have the chance to cultivate good partnership with people and make contribution to Brown campus. 

What inspires you to do good? 
I want to make the best of my time at Brown. I do think whether your life is meaningful or not can shown through what you have done to the community you live in. Saving food through redistribution doesn’t just give me a better feeling whenever I have my meal in the ratty, but also makes me feel like I have had a productive time here when looking back at my Brown experience in years.

What are some things you're thinking about lately? 
Many things. Courses, what to do with my life, ideas for organizations I’m in like FRN and Social Action Haus. But one of the things that concerned me more recently is Ebola, both scientific and political side of it, especially after reading Besse’ “The world yawns as Ebola takes hold of Africa”, which explain why I do support Obama administration’s request of additional $88 million to funding the fight against Ebola. Another thing I have been thinking about is the energy aspect of climate change. Even though I’m sorry that the Western sanction on Russia has been devastating to many people’s life, I did clap secretly when knowing that Exxon Mobil had to wind down its $700 million exploration for oil and gas potential in Arctic Ocean. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Make a big impact this school year!

We are looking for engaged and committed students to take action feeding people, not landfills!

FRN recovers excess food from Brown University dining halls and events and distributes recoveries to shelters and meal sites throughout Rhode Island. There are currently 4 different positions open for the coming school year and we encourage you to look at each of the applications, which include a breakdown of responsibilities for each position.
Please e-mail with any questions!

-Volunteer Coordinator/Campus Communications (you can email for more deets about the position)

-Director of Operations (you can email about this one)

-Campus Communications (social media and outreach, ideally with experience in graphic design!!, email


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Transitions and Positions

We are happy to announce that this semester we recovered a grand total of

7,324.4 pounds!

For the first time, we will be operating for the summer months and recovering from the Ratty, the Blue Room, events on campus and Blue State Coffee and have almost 40 volunteers signed up to participate!

We are also fielding applications for three Leadership Team positions starting Fall 2014. Each of the applications includes a description and breakdown of the position's responsibilities and necessary qualifications. Please contact with any questions or for more information!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Meet our new Community Outreach Coordinator - Kearney M!

FRN @Brown is proud to announce its newest LT member and future Community Outreach Coordinator-

Kearney M

Here's a little more about her!

Class: 2017

Spirit vegetable: turnip

From: Bucks County, Pennsylvania 

Possible concentrations: Public Health

Favorite activities: cooking, being in new places, swimming, sailing on colonial re-enactment ships

What are you looking forward to gaining from the COC position?
Working with and learning from some of the really interesting, hard-working, inspiring community members of Providence who are easy for me to miss when I spend too much time up on college hill

What inspires you to do good?
Watching people who create goodness in unique and creative and brilliant ways.

What are some things you've been thinking about lately?

 The merits of interning in New York City versus the merits of waitressing in Provincetown, MA, when spring weather will stay spring weather, how much time I spend on, whether the experience of running downtown is worth the run back up.

And regarding FRN's work - US food subsidies, how to change US food subsidies, the cultivation of food cultures and how to shift the US’s, urban agriculture, how to guard against elitism in the food justice movement, how food recovery intersects with health and nutrition

What has been your most rewarding experience regarding food access, justice, production, waste, etc?
Laying a trail of eggs in a giant chicken costume at a Rolling Harvest gleaning event in Pennsylvania last year. 

What questions do you have for Kearney? -- e-mail!

Event Review: "Healthy Farms = Healthy People"

Food and Water Watch "Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Town Hall Forum" on April 3rd at the First Unitarian Church of Providence

Healthy Farms = Healthy People
by Charlotte Hacke

Let's say you're sick. You've got bronchitis. So you go to the doctor, s/he gives you a small dose antibiotics, and there ya go, problem solved. Until next time comes around. You've got bronchitis again. You get some antibiotics again, etc.
You find yourself having to go again. And the doctor gives you just a little bit again. Slowly, your body builds immunity to these antibiotics. What to do now?

These small doses spread out over a period of time are called "subtherapeutic" doses, and they are a fraction of the amounts most often used to treat an infection. Knowing that organisms build up resistance to the antibiotic through this method though seems like we would avoid it, right? Wrong. It's a current (very common) practice in factory farming. In fact, 80% of all antibiotics in the US are for the sole use of factory farming. And there are no regulations to encourage this number to go down; farmers can just purchase as many antibiotics online or in a farm supply store as they want. 

These farmers aren't just evil, stupid people drugging their animals with small amounts of antibiotics for fun, though. There is actually a reason for it: let's say you have 1,000 chickens in a feeding house, and one gets sick because of poor air quality (poor lil chicks are prone to respiratory problems). As a farmer or non-existent veterinarian on-site, you're not going to waste you time listening to the heartbeat of every chicken, finding out which one is the root cause of the now-spreading illness. No, that'd be a waste of time and money. So, you put just a lil' bit of some antibiotics in the feed, to avoid/treat that infection, and yet not harm any of the healthy chickens. Makes sense. 

But it's catching up with us. Not only are animals then becoming more resistant to medications, humans are too. If we don't act now, we won't be able to treat simple infections that could be cured with one full dose of antibiotics; instead we will, most simply put, die. As I write that, it seems almost comical, but many babies born prematurely are saved at birth because of antibiotics, for instance, and if we keep eating antibiotics in our food, our immunity will quite literally kill our babies. 

I asked the panelists if we should then be focusing on creating environments where animals don't find themselves threatened by illness looming in the air, because of close and crammed quarters. Well, yes, they said. And there are some people doing this; for example, groups of people are incentivizing farmers to raise chickens in open areas, without the use of constant antibiotics, by proposing bigger bucks for a better business/quality product. That's just one example. 

Another way this issue is being tackled is through policy. "This spring, Providence became one of the first cities in the country to pass a resolution calling for a ban on factory farm abuse of antibiotics!" YEAH PROVIDENCE! However, federal action is much needed in this "public health issue." To motivate more discussion on the topic, there was a panel held last night (April 3, 2014) by Food & Water Watch RI.

It was a whopping success! About fifty people (community members, students, farmers, etc.) showed up to hear more. Panelists included: Dr. Louis Rice, Chair, Brown University Department of Medicine; Dr. Leonard Mermel, Medical Director, Dept. of Epidemiology & Infection Control, Rhode Island Hospital; Pat McNiff, Farmer, owner of Pat's Pastured free range farms; Rachel McNally, PEW Research "Supermom against Superbugs", as well as a representative from Senator Whitehouse, sending his support. 

Further action needs to be taken and we have the power to say no through grassroots movement. Email Gus Fuguitt with Food & Water Watch at if you want to get more involved! (There's an activist 
training on April 10th, so get on it soon!)