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Lincoln on Local: The most local of local foods

Lincolnby Lincoln Crum   |  About Lincoln

My wife and I always try to choose a #locally owned and operated restaurant first when dining out. Very rarely do we go to a national chain, but we do every now and then because those are still locals that run the restaurant, work in it and in some cases as franchisee owners.

Farm to table, hyper local sourcing, environmentally sustainable…all current buzzwords within the food world, ones that draw people to each establishment, supporting authentic and local small business.  I have lots of friends that make a living in the restaurant industry and every single one of them have evolved into purveyors of as many things #local as possible. From food trucks to pizza shops to eclectic dining, all have benefited from the #local movement of the past 20 years.

Did you know there is another #local food movement that needs just as much support? Dining out #locally isn’t enough anymore. To be truly committed and signed on as a goodwill ambassador to your own #local community I think everyone should help feed the hungry.

There are so many ways to help, a $5 donation a month, volunteer at the food pantry or have a food drive at your work. The hardest part is getting started.

Believe it or not, we have a lot of hungry people in Clark County. These folks need our help. Most everyone I come across wants to help, but they just don’t know how or can’t justify the time spent out of their daily lives. I am here to tell you that it may be easier to support the #local food donation movement than you realize. Don’t overthink it. Go to Google and search “food banks Louisville KY”, there are 1,099,000 results, all providing ways for you to volunteer and get involved.

Once you become aware of the amazing and angelic things that people at Dare to Care, North Clark Outreach, Community Kitchen in Jeffersonville, Clark County Youth Shelter and countless others you will have no problem signing on to help. Sometimes 20-30 minutes a week can make all the difference in someone’s life, and most of the time that someone is you!

For the past 3 months I’ve been transporting a truckload of food from Dare to Care in Louisville to the North Clark County Outreach food bank in Charlestown, every Wednesday morning. I fill up my pickup truck with vegetables, breads, produce and sometimes a large load of ground beef or chicken. When I leave Dare to Care I shoot Ruthie Jackson a text, she oversees NCCO, and let her know I am 30 minutes away, she gets everyone ready so when I pull up there are ready, willing and able bodies to unload the goods. I’ve grown quite fond of that part of the process, seeing people’s faces light up when I pull up with a truckload of food. That makes my heart warm. This food delivery is sometimes the ONLY food a family will get for a week. The ONLY food.

I now realize how broken the food chain can be, especially when helping feed those drowning in poverty. It is my belief that the ONLY way to fix this problem is to get hyper #local and build the base of resources relying as much as possible on #local donations, volunteers and support. Folks like Dare to Care and NCCO get it but they need our help. They have laid a wonderful foundation, it is up to us to take it to the next level.

If you’ve never been around someone who is in a food crisis you are in for a rude awakening. Its scary as hell to be hungry. Desperation sets in. It is haunting. All the while, people seem to turn their head at the problem. Well, you won’t be able to do that if you are anywhere near the path of my direction and leadership. I’m signed on, here to help, donating my time and energy. We all should, we need each other.

We have to come together as community members to help feed our neighbors, help me help Clark County, get involved, do something, keep it #local.

My name is Lincoln Crum and I am a Local. I am a husband, a father, a kickass grandfather, son, friend and lifelong resident of Clark County.

My dad is an Auctioneer, I am an Auctioneer. My grandfather and three grandfather’spast were farmers. Being #Local is a part of our DNA. I love all things LOCAL.

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