Our Recipe for Unity

'Bite-Size' Social Action

Here are measures you can take “Each Day, Any Day" to turn Our Recipe for Unity℠ into "bite-sized" social action!

They are organized generally according to the time/effort requirement, so that you can choose to put something of Our Recipe for Unity℠ into action even if you can only carve a few minutes (or even seconds) out of a busy day.

Look them over, give them a try, share them with friends, family, neighbors, your faith community, civic organization, coworkers, students, or people you would like to get to know. And remember, even small actions can make a BIG difference!

Please tell us about your experiences by submitting your Recipes and Food Connection Stories to our Food Tapestry℠ ! And click here to let us know of any suggestions you might have for additions to our "Each Day, Any Day" list.

1 second - 10 minutes
  • Hold a door for someone
  • Submit art work to Food Tapestry℠ related to people sharing food together or artwork of food related to your culture or food traditions
  • Submit photographs to Food Tapestry℠ related to people sharing food together or photographs of food
  • Upload a Recipe into Food Tapestry℠
  • Upload a Food Connection Story in Food Tapestry℠ about how food brought you together with other Americans (written or audio). This can include stories of celebration, of meeting, gathering, compassion and empathy, civility, just plain fun, etc.
  • Share a recipe from your food traditions with someone that has different food traditions
  • Talk to another customer in the produce aisle of your market about an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable and share a recipe or food tradition with them
  • Thank anyone within the food supply chain for growing/harvesting/transporting/selling/preparing/serving our food
  • Start a book club to learn about topics that will inspire unity, such as books on, for example, American cultural history, compassion, or communication; take turns providing snacks that offer an opportunity to share your food traditions
  • Be courteous
  • Practice random acts of kindness
  • Pay it forward
  • Smile at someone (it takes less effort to smile than to frown!)
  • Invite someone to tea/coffee
  • Share a meal or a beverage with someone you would like to get to know better and learn about their food traditions or family heritage. Tell us about it in Food Tapestry℠
  • Bake cookies or other pastries that are unique to your food traditions and share them with another person
  • Get to know a senior citizen and talk to them about their food traditions and family heritage. Learn about their favorite Recipes and Food Connection Stories and ask permission to share them on Food Tapestry℠
  • Share heritage seeds and talk about any food-tradition-related story
  • Share the bounty from your garden (this can even be a window herb garden) and submit a Recipe or Food Connection Story related to the garden
  • Visit an unfamiliar food store and learn about how ingredients are used and about related food traditions
  • Participate in a "food swap" and make something reflective of your own food traditions or family heritage
  • Plan/participate in a cookie swap, sharing cookie recipes from your food traditions
  • Start a community garden
  • Volunteer at a food bank, food kitchen, CSA or community garden and talk to people there
  • Learn more about food traditions from different holidays
Start a book club to learn about diversity, different races and ethnicities in America, the value of eating together, a cookbook, or any other type of book and take turns providing snacks that offer an opportunity to learn about a different culture and its food and customs
Upload a recipe into Food TapestrySM
Upload a Food Connection Story in Food TapestrySM about how food brought you together with other people (written or audio) This can include stories of celebration, of meeting, gathering, compassion and empathy, civility, or just plain fun, etc.
Submit photographs to Food TapestrySM related to people sharing food together or photographs of food related to your culture
Submit art work to Food TapestrySM related to people sharing food together or artwork of food related to your culture
Talk to your neighbors, consider sharing a cookie, a cup of coffee, a recipe--anything where you can use food to bring you together with another person. Upload the recipe and story into Food Tapestry
Invite someone you know that is different from you to get together for a beverage, a snack or a meal or just share a recipe and/or a Food Connection Story and upload the recipe/story into Food TapestrySM
Thank anyone within the food supply chain for growing, harvesting, transporting, selling, preparing, or serving our food
Share the bounty from your garden (this can even be a window herb garden) Consider submitting a recipe where you used something from your garden and tell the story of how it brought you together with other people
Start a community garden (See how-to for more information)
Plan a community meal (See here for more information)
Plan a potluck to learn about another culture or diversity within your organization (See here). This can apply to faith groups, your home, your workplace, your school, etc.
Plan/participate in a cookie swap, sharing cookie recipes from your culture
Share a recipe from your culture with someone who is from a different culture
Host a food-based gathering in your home (dinner, lunch, breakfast, tea, snack, barbecue, etc.)
Volunteer at a food bank, food kitchen, CSA or community garden and talk to people there
Visit an ethnic food store; learn about how ingredients are used and about their culture
Share heritage seeds and talk about any culture-related story
Participate in a "food swap" (See here) and make something reflective of your own culture or family heritage
Bake someone cookies or other pastries that are unique to your culture; explain a little about it
Invite someone to tea or coffee
Share a meal or a beverage with someone you would like to get to know better and learn about their culture or family heritage
Get to know a senior citizen and talk to them about their culture and family heritage. Learn about their favorite recipes and food stories and ask permission to share them on Food TapestrySM
Talk to another customer in the produce aisle of your market and share a recipe or cultural food tradition with them
Plan a meal with friends, your faith group, your neighbors, your co-workers and any other groups of people using Fact Sheets and Recipes from Food Tapestry. Then upload in Food Tapestry your own recipes and Food Connection Stories related to the meal you hosted.
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