Holly Hammond shares her tips for good food and good meetings – share yours too!

There’s a lot of things that can make a meeting go well – good snacks are one of them.

I’ve been to many cheerless activist meetings which have left me with a grumbling stomach. It’s that much harder to concentrate when you’re hungry.

It also makes it a choice – attend a meeting or get some food. The two don’t need to be mutually exclusive. These days I’m pretty good at carrying my own emergency provisions (muesli bars, nuts, fruit) but it’s even better when food is a part of the gathering.

At our regular Melbourne Campaigners’ Network events I always provides snacks. It’s appropriate as our gatherings run 6-8pm when many people are eating dinner. I also hope it sets a relaxed and hospitable vibe. I try to make the food compatible with different dietary requirements so it’s inclusive.

MCN snacks usually involve some combination of the following.

Savoury snacks:

vegies

  • Fresh vegies – chopped up carrot, capsicum (bell pepper) and cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are especially easy as there’s no preparation involved.
  • Rice crackers
  • Dip – often hummous (vegan, gluten free)
  • Mixed nuts (good source of protein)

Something sweet, like:

  • Chocolate covered popcorn (vegan, gluten free). I bought a bag but you can make your own.
  • Biscuits eg Tiny Teddies or wafer biscuits. These break the dietary restrictions but tend to be well received.
  • Strawberries – easy to prepare and eat but often expensive.

When I’ve had more time on my hands:

  • cakesHippy nibbles (vegan, gluten free). That’s my name for truffle type things made of dried fruit and nuts. These give you something sweet without the difficulties of baking without gluten and eggs.
  • Miniature muffins or cupcakes. Cake in general is awesome but mini-cakes mean you don’t have to cut stuff up, have plates, carry a knife around etc. This looks like a good vegan and gluten free chocolate cupcake recipe.

 

It doesn’t need to take much time and preparation to provide food at meetings – but it does show care. Bringing food along is a role that can be shared around in a group.

What do you like to eat at meetings? Share your suggestions below.

Check out these other ingredients for Better Activist Meetings on the Plan to Win blog.