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?
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.
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 & everyday 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.
Not So Fast is now a registered non-profit organization with some very exciting plans.
To date, we have raised and donated over $3,000 to various food relief organizations. We are working on plans to launch the platform and we want to get you involved.
From the beginning I knew it would be a long process, and it was important that the fasting and giving started right away.
What We Do
We are working closely with a local organization in Vancouver that provides nutritious food to Vancouver’s neediest families (Strathcona Community Center – 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, and locally when available, like the food you will find in the recipes on this blog, and hopefully, the cookbook Not So Fast has in the works right now.
NSF has plans to continue this initiative, in an effort to provide the skills required to live well on less, no matter where (or who) you are.
The funds for all the ingredients were 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. This was 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 (you have to like us, but hey, we will like you back) or at our website. Here you can find all the info you need to be in touch or to join us.
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 a pizza when you’re fasting, or starting a new organization from nothing, but every step brings you closer to your goal. And every good deed makes our world just a tiny bit better – for both giver and receiver! Less is always more.
Let us know how you might like to get involved below! 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.
Think you can you do it? If we can, anyone can. Stay tuned!