Friday, April 06, 2007

Food Porn Good Friday Food

Hunger


It's Good Friday here in Appalachia and it doesn't seem right or godly to torture you with Food Porn today. But I wanted to use today to draw your attention to the subject of hunger and what we can all do to help those around us and those far away from us.

The wind is cold today as as I sit at my milkstand swiftly coaxing out the gallon plus of goat milk goodness that is my daily chore, my mind turns to those who do not even have this. The snowflakes fall and the wind blows them my way. Out there, not so far from me, are people whose children will go hungry tonight. Or they themselves will go hungry so that their children might have the last can of pinto beans on the shelf.

Have you ever needed to visit a food bank? I have. Let me tell you what it's like.

It's a humbling experience. No matter who you are, you feel shamed. But you are there because you don't have another choice. You hope no one is there that will recognize you. Your voice is hoarse and you speak in a half whisper. You avert your eyes. You are grateful for whatever they can give you. Usually it is a loaf of bread, some canned goods, maybe a box of cereal, a few staples and if you are really lucky, some luncheon meat like baloney. It will hold you over a few days to a week and you wonder if you will have gas money to get back when that is gone.

That there are people in this country of great wealth that go through this on a continuing basis is a source of shame for us all. I've only had to do it a few times, but let me tell you...it is soul killing.

Here are some ideas that you can use to help your local community.

Donate to your local food bank. Donate good stuff...protein and vegetables. The face of hunger in the US is often overweight because simple carbs are cheap and filling.

Plant a garden. Donate the produce to Meals-on-Wheels or your local homeless mission.

Check in with the elderly and disabled in your neighborhood. Make sure they have enough to eat. Make that damn soul-killing food bank visit for them. Most of them are too proud to do this for themselves.

Make a family outing out of helping out at a soup kitchen once a month.

Are you a hunter? Many states have a Hunters Helping the Hungry program where you donate your venison to help the hungry.

Look...you guys are smart...I'm sure you can figure out lots more ways to help out.

So go do it!

4 Comments:

  1. BBC said...
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    Jbeeky said...
    Yeaaaah. bbc? Not even close. That is just what people say to make themselves feel safe from something that could happen to any of us. I have volunteered at soup kitchens, worked with mentally ill people who had to use food banks to get by and believe me, I am just lucky. Plain and simple. You are lucky, know that and don't take it for granted.
    Anonymous said...
    I"ll be attending a seminar called 'Faith, Food and Farms' this coming Friday 4/13 in Asheviile, NC- sponsored by the NC Council of Churches- cometothetablenc.org - to take a look at how sustainable agriculture and local food can help with hunger in the region here. Registration is only $10 and is still open.

    Hope to see you there!
    goat yoda-
    seejanemom said...
    Thank you. I have many reasons to ignore the problems in my own backyard.

    And I think the Faith Food and Farms initiative in Asheville is a FABULOUS cause.I hope to someday have a sustainable small farm.

    ROSIE IS MY YODA!!!

    And one of HH and my goals is to "give back" on a local level. I am a hunter, and I want CHICKENS BY THE BOATLOAD. Sure, I intend on selling at the farmer's market, but not before first donating 10% of my "first fruits" to local charities.

    What could be better and more GRATIFYING than that?

    Until I can grow it, though , I can buy it for the purposes donation.

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