So I haven’t posted in a long time. My reasoning being that I actually needed to focus on my studies during my senior year. But now I’m done with school for at least a year, and I’ve just settled into my new home in Philly where for the next year I’ll be working at a youth crisis center.
So now I live in Germantown, which is the hood for the most part (the thing about Philly is that economic classes really go block by block), and let me tell you: being vegan is hard here. I knew it would be. We all know how bad those corner stores are, but I’m going to make it my goal to truly explore the gross options that are around me.
But for now having gone to a half dozen corner stores and the closest big box grocery. So far what can I say, except thank goodness I’m only here a year. To say the produce is sub par is an understatement. One is lucky to find bananas and apples in the corner stores, and the box grocery I went to had produce that I would think twice about pulling out of a dumpster let alone paying for it. I bought dried beans there, but I won’t again. Two dollars for a pound of beans is more than I’m willing to pay.
The corner store closest to me doesn’t even have produce. But what it does have is junk food and meat.
So what do I do? My last day off I went to Chinatown to stock up on tofu (Three pounds for a dollar? Yes, please) cheap veggies, and spices. But it took four hours there and back, not exactly the way I want to spend my day off. There’s also a so-so cooperative a forty-five minute bus trek to a more bougie neighborhood.
So I guess the point of this post, besides to get back to blogging, is to reaffirm that it is tough to eat vegan, let alone eat decently in the hood. And that if we want more vegans it wouldn’t hurt to have some good ol’ food justice politick. Because the distribution of quality food sucks.
And I leave you with a video that I posted years ago: