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documentary on Hunger in America has me thinking....

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Monday, June 30, 2014

A couple of days ago I saw the documentary "A Place at the Table". It is about hunger in America. It broke my heart and made me angry at the same time. There are so many people, including children (1 in 5 children are hungry every day) not knowing where their next meal is coming from. I sat and thought about all the money I spend on Dunkin', and pizza, and take out. And I thought about all the leftovers in my 'fridge that gets tossed after a few days. And I thought about how I have too much food every day! I'm disgusted with myself.
The problem is so complicated...and I know my having an abundance is not what is causing others to not have enough. It is about money, and people living on the edge of poverty. It is about nutritional education. It is about having fresh fruits and vegetables for young children so they are nourished and can learn. BUT, it's about not having money for fresh food because someone lives on the edge of poverty. I just can't stop thinking about the hungry children and families and here I am eating burgers and cream puffs! I plan to do SOMETHING to help. I'll let you know if I come up with any solution.
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    1322 days ago
  • JEB03253
    1323 days ago
    Thank you for bring this up. I'm kind of disgusted with my own behavior. I'm throwing tons of food away and eating out on a whim ... And others are going to bed hungry.
    1323 days ago
    Miamojo, that is basically what I did. After seeing the documentary "A Place at the Table" I took a long look at what I spend and waste and throw away. I figured out I could supplement the food budget of 3 families!!! I added the amounts I spend on my debit card at take out and DD....and it's outrageous! (and that doesn't include cash expenses). I have made a monthly recurring donation to Jeff Bridges project "No Kid Hungry". I am happy with myself and will continue to talk to people and bring awareness to as many people as possible.
    Thanks for all the encouragement and support.

    1325 days ago
    Great post and an important reminder to all of us. Why not figure out how much you spend on food per month, set a budget for next month, and then donate the difference to your local food bank? It would help you while helping others. I'm going to do this! emoticon
    1325 days ago
    well said!
    1325 days ago
    1326 days ago
  • DWORB415
    Food banks are always a great way to help!
    1327 days ago
    It always amazes me how many people won't spend the money to feed their kids, but they always have enough money for alcohol and cigarettes, smart phones, satellite, etc. In many cases, it is a matter of priorities.
    1327 days ago
  • SLIMCRUISER talking to many people here (Boston) one thing I heard over and over again is that food banks NEED DONATIONS IN THE SUMMER! Many donations come in during the holidays, but not so much during the summer months....when families have their food budgets stretched to the max (with kids home for the summer) That is something that can be done immediately. Perishables can not be donated....but peanut butter, Parmalat (non refrigerated boxed milk), tuna, and canned meals like beef stew, etc. are all very welcome.
    I have always tried to donate things that people on a limited budget would pass on due to tuna,and peanut butter. This is quick fix temporary band-aid, but as a lot of you have said "every little bit helps". Thanks. I really appreciate that so many of you feel that it is an important issue!





    many people think about donating i
    1328 days ago
  • PEAR-170
    1328 days ago
    it's also from greed, unfortunately. When the government is paying off farmers to NOT grow food to control food costs as opposed to telling them to go a=on and grow it and it will be donated for those who could use it, it is mind boggling.
    1328 days ago
  • KELLYB60
    Very thought provoking. I know there are people in need in my community, but I have not been consistent in providing support. The grocery store I shop at usually has coupons that allow me to get items for free. I put them in a box and when the opportunity arises I have donations ready to give. I love that Puddle13 has a place that is permanently set up for donations. I need to find one of those.

    I would caution you when thinking of an idea of how to help, there are some cities that have laws that prohibit help. Some cities don't let restaurants donate leftovers, or allow someone without a food license to distribute food. With all the need there is - I have read about people who found themselves in trouble after making and distributing sandwiches from their own kitchens. emoticon

    You are right - you having abundance doesn't cause someone else to go without. So, don't beat yourself up. Use that energy to spread a spark!
    1328 days ago
    Local food pantries can always use donations.
    1328 days ago
    1328 days ago
    Great points you make in this blog. Please keep us up to date on what you find that we can all do to help... even if it is small.

    Thank you
    1328 days ago
    I have so much while others have so little. More people need to be educated about the complex issues involved in hunger and poverty. I am working with others to address them in our community.
    1328 days ago
    Sad things in our world.... good reminders for us in our choices for ourselves, for helping others, for remembering we all are connected.
    1328 days ago
    We do the same as Puddle13. It must help a little. emoticon
    1328 days ago
  • PUDDLE13
    I felt the same when I heard about the food-banks here in the UK.

    I wanted to volunteer because we didn't have much money (and I couldn't afford to buy much) but my shifts don't really allow for it. Then I found out that my local supermarket has a collection point for the food bank (ours is one of the busiest in the country).

    So every week when I do the big shop I buy a bag of pasta and a tin of tomatoes and put it in the food bank bin. The checkout operators look at us strangely and yesterday one admitted she hadn't known the bin was there.It's not much but I figure if I am giving one person a couple of pasta dinners that has to be better.

    As my OH would say, best would be not to live in one of the richest countries in the world and there be people who need food-banks but hey ho we do our little bit. For a while we were close to the edge thankfully we didn't go over but it was close a few times.
    1328 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/1/2014 1:50:44 AM
    great thought provoking blog thanks a lot
    1329 days ago
    emoticon for your thought-provoking blog !
    1329 days ago
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