It came to me on a Wednesday. By Friday I had named it, and by Saturday I started. You can read the first blog post I wrote here.You go without. For one day. Those who would otherwise go hungry, are fed.
Not So Fast started in April of 2011 after a serious light bulb moment for me. I was at a concert in Vancouver with my husband – and that was when it hit me. It seemed like most simple and perfect concept ever.
I can go without so others don’t have to. Others can do it too. What if everyone did it?
That first day I committed myself to some form of fasting for one day, every week, for a year (we are well past this now and I am glad to say it is now a part of my routine & every day approach). I knew that if I was to ever suggest to anyone else they should fast, I would have to walk the talk. I had to speak from experience.
Who We Are
Our team is a group of passionate folks who want to make a difference in a big way. Based out of Vancouver, BC, Not So Fast is now a registered non-profit organization that provides not just food to those in need, but also education. To date, we have raised and donated thousands of dollars to various food relief organizations and we are working on plans to launch the platform that will enable everyday folks anywhere to get involved. From the beginning I knew it would be a long process, and it was important that the fasting and giving started right away.
The Cooking Classes
We work closely with a local organization in Vancouver that provides nutritious food to Vancouver’s neediest families (link here) in an effort to both raise funds locally and to inspire involvement elsewhere in other communities. We work closely with the program to see our money go towards purchasing inexpensive, nutritious staples (locally when available), like the food you will find in the recipes on this blog.
Not So Fast is proud to have launched a regular weekly class in partnership with SCC. Here, we work with groups of youth after school to teach basic skills for cooking in the kitchen, and create simple healthy foods to send them home with, as well as recipes they can make at home.
Along with our plans to continue this initiative, we will also be expanding on our goal to provide skills required to live well on less, no matter where (or who) you are. The funds for all ingredients are made possible by the efforts of a few keen community members, looking to make a difference by challenging themselves to go without for the good of others. These initiatives are also made entirely possible through the time and effort of our passionate & dedicated team of volunteers.
If you would like to learn more or get involved, you can follow us in many ways: on Twitter, on Facebook or at our website(in the works). Here you can find all the info you need to be in touch or to join us. You can also drop me a line anytime if you’d like to get involved.
On my own journey to learning to live with less, I have realized that nothing worth doing is ever easy, whether it’s saying no to lunch when you’re fasting, or starting a new organization from scratch, but every step brings you closer to your goal. And every good deed makes our world just a tiny bit better – for all.
We would love to hear from you…you can also make a donation anytime here. Living with (just a little) less isn’t that hard – please stay tuned for more info.