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UWC Day 2021 - "Give and Take" Potluck 

Saturday, September 25th -  5 - 9 PM 

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Celebrate UWC Day 2021 with the UWC New York community! Aneliya & Kevin (UWC USA '06) invite you to our first post-pandemic potluck at their rooftop terrace in Downtown Jersey City. We'll be watching the short documentary "Give and Take" by fellow alum Gareth Smit (UWC USA '09) followed by a potluck dinner.

"Give and Take" documents the story of a community fridge created during the COVID pandemic by Fenix XL, a car service in Queens, that now serves a largely immigrant community with 24hr access to free food. This is just 1 out of more than 100 community fridges in New York that have sprouted during the pandemic, inspiring a movement around the world. This year's global UWC Day theme asks us to 'Reimagine Tomorrow'. Could community fridges be part of a a better tomorrow or are they just a singular response that will fade when COVID does? Come discuss! Gareth will be joining us to give his perspective and answer any questions you may have about the documentary.

In the spirit of giving and taking food we encourage you to bring a dish from your country (or a side, a drink, a dessert or even just napkins). To make sure everyone feels safe we will be requiring proof of vaccination at the door. We are also limiting the gathering to 14 people.

This year 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the UWC for Afghan Youth initiative. UWC is raising funds for up to 20 additional Afghan students to study at UWC. We encourage you to donate as much as you feel comfortable.


As of Wednesday, September 22nd we are at a capacity and cannot accommodate additional people, but if you'd still like to donate to the UWC for Afghan Youth Initiative you can do so through the link below! 

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About the FIlm: Give and Take (2021) 11min

After seven of their drivers died from COVID-19, a car service in Queens, NY started hosting a community fridge on the sidewalk outside their offices. A small business started by immigrants, Fenix XL now serves a largely immigrant community with 24hr access to free food. Fanny, who lost her cleaning job when schools were closed, now relies on this fridge to survive. The first community fridge in NYC started outside a Bed Stuy apartment in February 2020; there are now over 100 across the city, inspiring a movement around the world.

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