So, what should *we* do?
In my view...
--We should regularly grow some fresh food and share it. With our neighbors, and with someone who really needs it but can't get it, via a food bank or direct gifts or a charity.
--We might be able to sponsor a poor family to have a community garden. There is a fantastic after school program here that is funded by some nutritional grant or something that gives kids AND THEIR FAMILIES community garden plots in a big, expansive park with some underused land. These are kids who are living in very crowded little apartments whose families, thanks to this program, suddenly have vegetable gardens. This stuff WORKS. And if there is underused available public land, it is not very expensive.
--We should make sure our kids know how to do simple nutritional balancing and cooking. I used "Food Rules" with DD in late middle school, but we also pretty much insisted throughout her life on protein, fruit/veggies, and (mostly whole grain) carbs at every meal, and no less than two of those food groups for every snack, and no dessert without a meal or healthy snack first. She was a sensory integration issues kid who did not eat as wide a variety of food as we hoped, but she did have a decently healthy and balanced diet. And she knows how to fix easy versions of all her favorite foods.
--We should watch out for available big fridges and give them to local food outlets. Freezers, too. One of the reasons that little food banks don't give away better food is that it's so hard to store. They get it when it's on its last legs, and then they have to get it out to people immediately if they don't have refrigeration. I could just cry when I think of all available produce that we could have taken at our local charity but didn't before we had a walk in fridge. Now thanks to a church that was closing we have a fridge AND a big chest freezer, and the quality of the food we can give away has skyrocketed. It was always available to us, but we couldn't take it. Salad stuff, portobello mushrooms, fennel, cabbage, avocados, tomatoes, and of course the normal apples, oranges, onions, and potatoes. Meat, too. And P F Changs' frozen dinners for 4-6 people, which are really good and which you basically dump into a pan and warm up to serve.
--We should give herbs and spices, even just salt and pepper, to local food banks. Or give spice kits as gifts instead of tins of cookies. Have you ever thought about how deadly dull food would be without these flavorings? This way if people get those deliveries of white flour they can at least hope to make it taste decent.
--Personally I don't favor the change to the food stamp program. I think choice empowers people, and that food deliveries of preselected stuff is going to lead to a lot more waste than we have now. But if that is the world we are going to live in, then I'm going to try to shift what we provide at our local charity to complement those deliveries. I'm going to look for ways to make that work, because I need people to be fed more than I need to fight about whether they are being fed exactly right.
--But again, right now, we should regularly grow some fresh food and share it. With our neighbors, and with someone who really needs it but can't get it, via a food bank or direct gifts or a charity. And we should buy fresh food and give it to people who can't afford it.
Edited by Carol in Cal., 13 February 2018 - 12:07 PM.