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On Sunday, June 16, 2019 an interview was conducted with Audrey Berman Solaris in Hudson, New York. Audrey lives in Germantown and works in Hudson and the county. They are the daughter and granddaughter of Jewish immigrants that came to this country as refugees from the former Soviet Union. They were born shortly after her parents arrived in America. They went to college in New York City where they studied architecture. They currently live in Germantown. In response to work they were doing around food access they started a mobile grocery story. In March 2019 they opened a brick and mortal servicing predominantly the residents of Hudson New York. They explained they liked working in nature, being outside is very healing. The store is a non-profit, co-workers are incredible human beings, family oriented, Food is essential to everyone life.
When asked to speak to their vision for the future they said we are working to create a large food hub, purchase or construct a building that is an aggregation and distribution center. They explained they are working to create community food hubs, purchase or construct a large scale building that will allow them to process in the facility, prepare food, grab and go, mildly process done with surplus or blemish food, service more people in different ways, create living wage jobs. Their finals comments were, I had a lot of questions when I was a kid. I’ve done a lot of work to figure out the answers to those question. When asked about support they said, I met a friend on Facebook, she’s my age, she has the same family immigrant story. It has been so beautiful to talk to her. We can be a support for each other. I love her. We are both queer, we came out late in life. I never felt so close to another human. We are working through the questions and the challenges we face.
This interview would be of interest to those who are interested in income inequality, food scarcity, agriculture, mobile grocery store, grocery store a with sliding scale prices coming out queer relationships
Darlene Stokes is A Black feminist woman, retired educator who has worked as a teacher, professional staff developer and school administrator. She facilitates book discussions on professional and personal development. As an oral historian giving "ordinary" women a public platform to share their stories is her post retirement commitment.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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