Food, a need and a want

In my teaching time, I’ve taught and reinforced other teachers’ lessons on a need versus a want.  Food can definitely fit into both categories.  We need calories to fuel our bodies, wonderful “machines” they are.  However, we don’t really need exciting, delicious food to live.  We want it.  September is National Hunger Awareness Month.  “1 in 6 Americans struggles with hunger” says the Feeding America website.   Also stated on this organization’s website – – – “According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 16.7 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.”  These are definitely sobering facts.  It’s hard to imagine living unsure of how you will fill your child’s belly.  I mean, I’m whining about the fact that I’d like new shoes or more money to spend on fun experiences for Holden that are definitely “extras.”  


Food and eating are two of my areas of interest for sure, and I would say that I tend to show my love for others by what I cook for them.  I simply adore meal planning for my guys, baking treats for family members, and occasionally taking goodies into work.  I have even had some crazy research sessions for Roscoe’s dog food and debated making my own dog food (this is definitely before H arrived on the scene!).  When I wanted to volunteer this summer, I immediately jumped on the chance to do so in our church food pantry.  What an experience.  An eye-opening one.  You know and hear these references to “those who are marginalized on the edges of society,” but it is quite another matter to be helping them decide which item from the dry goods shelf will deliver the most filling nutrition for his family.  Even though I was only able to volunteer one day in the summer weeks, it did make a difference to those faithful volunteers there as a I provided a little reprieve from the summer influx of people, and it did make a huge difference to me and the way I look at my community.  How could it not when a mother asks you if you have anything that resembles a birthday cake since her child’s birthday is tomorrow and she has nothing close?  

H and I deposited our small contribution to the food drive at church this afternoon.  Hunger is a huge, never-ending problem.  People are going to be hungry many times a day.  I know I am!  Any effort is a success.  Small is better than not at all.  Here are a couple of resources to check out… 

Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore

No Kid Hungry





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