East Bay 'Give Back': From Grilled Cheese Handouts to Meals for 1,000

Friday, November 16th 2018
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A coalition of East Bay pot aficionados and activists called the He Ain’t Heavy Alliance aims to feed 800 homeless people on Thanksgiving through its inaugural Great Give Back.

*The Give Back originated began last year when the California State University East Bay-based Munchie Movement began taking marijuana and grilled cheese sandwiches—crafted strictly from $.99 Store ingredients—to local homeless encampments.

*“We would just smoke and go out to feed,” co-founder Kevin del Rosario told WeedWeek via FaceTime on Tuesday. “[The homeless] go through a lot of insomnia and depression.”

*Munchie Movement later in 2018 partnered with the Oakland Chapter of Weed for Warriors on a giveaway. This fall, He Ain’t Heavy formed, with 4&20 Blackbirds, Trap Security, Loud Vision, Stuff Stoners Like, and Dad Sesh joining Munchie Movement and Weed 4 Warriors in shaping The Great Give Back. Two hundred additional meals are to be prepared for volunteers.

*Beyond grub, Thurday's plans call for dispersing toiletries, haircuts and jackets. Local restaurants are donating food that would otherwise go to waste. “It’s amazing,” del Rosario said. “We never expected to be doing this a year later and trying to deliver a thousand meals.”

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