I never dreamed that an illness would change my routine so dramatically. It's turning out to be a very positive thing!
I still haven't healed from the ischemia, and surgery may still be in the future. I actually have to work at keeping my blood pressure and oxygen levels high enough. Mostly I'm just sitting around at my computer, hoping to change the world. I don't feel safe driving, and I can't lift much, so Waste Not Food Taxi is entirely dependent on the generosity of volunteers.
Our partnerships with Oregon Food Bank and Heart 2 Heart Farms are the most dynamic right now. OFB gave me a list of the hunger-relief agencies that need the most support, and H2H needs people to pick up mountains of fresh produce and get it to people who need it. What a great opportunity! I hope to sign up a dozen new volunteer drivers who can make a run to Sherwood once a week and deliver to a school.
If you know someone who can help, please put them in touch with me. They'll need to watch a video and sign a waiver, because the farm has its natural hazards. I was there last week and saw pallet after pallet full of corn, avocados, tomatoes, pears ... more fresh fruit and veggies than I've ever seen in one place at one time.
It's frustrating not to be able to drive or lift or doing much that's physical. But I wouldn't trade my circumstances for anything. Being forced to give up brownie baking and concentrate on food transportation is just me being directed by the powers that be, in order to fulfill my destiny. I'm honored.
Susie Snortum is passionate about improving society's compassion for meeting basic human needs -- food, shelter, clean water, and dignity.