Saturday, August 13, 2005

Sad...

My town newspaper said that our family center food shelves are almost bare. The article was accompanied by a photo of industrial-sized shelves that were empty, save one lonely box of generic brand shredded wheat cereal. Time to step up the donations.

5 comments:

Bryan said...

Donations are a temporary solution to any problem. You can fill the shelves of your local food bank all day long, and will never solve the problem of people needing food and not getting any. In fact, you might actually be increasing the problem by making more people aware that handouts can be had.

I don't know a solution to the problem of hungry people (living in the world's most food-rich country, this baffles me), but I know donations are not it.

If any of you have real, long term solutions, let me know.

Poppy Cede said...

Until the long-term solution is found, I will continue to donate. The difference between life and death could very well be the one box of Kraft mac & cheese that I donate, and no one will make me think differently. I have worked for the homeless, have been close to homelessness myself as a child, and I care for them deeply. Our society and our world not having solved the hunger crisis will not detour me from caring in my own way.

Bryan said...

And I'll never stop you.

But know that I am working on solutions to these problems in the mean time. Just not donating food myself.

Poppy Cede said...

Bryan, I am crossing my fingers that you figure out this problem. :) I am confident that you can make good changes to your state, our nation, our world because you put your mind to it.

Lisa said...

Poppy---Unfortuately what is going on in your home town is a common problem in summer. People think about donating food around the holidays---Thanksgiving, Christmas---but hunger is year-round problem. In fact, hunger is bigger problem in the summer because kids who would normally get free or subsidized meals at school aren't getting those when school isn't in session.

Bryan---I agree that donations aren't a long-term solution to the greater problem. But we need both approaches---the Poppies who meet the immediate needs and the Bryans who look long term at the systemic inequities that cause hunger.

I wish I had a real, long-term solution.