The Montague Farm Café filled a gap in the free community meals offered in our surrounding towns (where a staggering 30% of families experience food insecurity and 18% experience hunger) and offered a wonderful and safe place for kids to play. We did outreach with the family shelters and community meals in the area, as well as the Department of Transitional Assistance, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and youth who have been in the foster care system. We offered free transportation. We also reached out to neighbors and friends and created a festive gathering. So many things made this community meal special -including kid-friendly activities like make-n-take puppetry projects, musical performances, hiking, kite-making, and improv games.
In July, 2011 we moved the Café to Greenfield, MA to better serve our clientele. The program now continues, independent of the Zen Peacemakers organization, as the Stone Soup Café. The Zen Peacemakers is working with other groups around the world who want to open similar projects.
A&A Hixon Fund, AsIs Foundation, Hemera Foundation, Lenz Foundation
Individual Major Donors (over $25,000):
Chuck Blitz, Jeff Bridges, Grant Couch, Shaykha Fariha al Jerrahi, Hydar Friedrich, William Greenberg, Sheila Hixon, Eve Marko, Mark Mininberg, Kathryn Pon, Geoff Taylor
and the many individuals who have and are donating time, money and supplies.