• christine

    posted on April 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    how sad it must have been to see children so hungry – we’re all so much luckier than we realise

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    Amy Reply:

    @christine, Amen and Amen!!!

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  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    posted on April 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I am so glad you shared a beans and rice recipe. I think there needs to be more education about healthy, inexpensive cooking like this. Even if it’s just families sharing with each other how they save eating whole foods. And it’s great for our budgets as well!
    This looks like what is on our table so often :).

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    Amy Reply:

    @Adrienne @ Whole New Mom, We eat like this a lot too. Simple, inexpensive, and healthy. Food doesn’t have to be complicated.

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  • Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this post to help such an important cause! Ten years ago I was a single mom working 3 jobs to support and feed my then 1-year old daughter. I know how hard it can be and I can vividly remember not eating so that I could afford to buy her food, diapers, and pay the rent.

    Now that I am at a point in my life that hunger isn’t an issue at my own table any longer my family finds ways to help the cause every year. A few years ago we started a farmers market that gives back whole foods to those in the community that need it, through the market we learned about kids at the school that didn’t always have food to eat at home. The market donated a case of fresh peaches to the afterschool program where some of the more underprivileged kids spent their afternoons. A week later I received a large envelope on my doorstep full of over 30 handmade cards thanking the market for the peaches. Such a little gesture meant so much to them and still makes me cry to think about it. To think that some of those kids had never enjoyed a fresh peach.

    I appreciate you sharing your story!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Meg @ Beard and Bonnet, Oh Meg! What an amazing woman you are! It is so hard to be a mom, and to have to work 3 jobs too. You are made of steel. How sweet of you to pay it forward. I think if we all did that the world would be a better place.

    Thank YOU for sharing, too.

    xoxo

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  • Cindy

    posted on April 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Your story made me cry. My husband and I recently got custody of a ten year old boy who was probably just like your students. He got that bag full of food every Friday until he came to live with us. He was removed from his home due to a number of issues and now has one hour of supervised visitation with his mother every other week. She chooses to spend that hour guilt tripping this poor kid with comments like she no longer gets food stamps since he is not living with her. And she is morbidly obese, which I totally sympathized with until he came home worried about her not having enough to eat.

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    Vikki B Reply:

    @Cindy, People on food stamps are generally morbidly obese due to poor nutrition, rather than the amount of food they consume.

    I have been in that position in my lifetime. When you have hungry children to feed and you are faced with the dilemma that $1 will either buy 2 apples or 3 boxes of Mac and cheese, there is only one option.

    Yes, it’s wrong of the Mom to guilt trip her son, but sometimes we need a little more insight before judging.

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    Cindy Reply:

    @Vikki B, I’ve been in the position of having to make choices like that too. So I get it and I am generally sympathetic to people who have life circumstances that may not always allow for “good” food choices. But I have reason to think this mom was buying the three boxes of mac and cheese, eating two of them herself and maybe splitting the other box between her two kids. I know plenty of people who use food stamps carefully and prudently to feed their family and I consider it a privilege that I am now able to put into the system instead of taking out. I’m just pointing out that there is something dreadfully wrong with children digging through trash to get enough to eat, period. How much more wrong is it when their otherwise healthy parent eats herself into morbid obesity while her children dig through trash? If that was on her own dime, that would be still wrong but not really my business. But when my tax dollars (and yours) go to pay for that kind of child neglect? I believe it is my right and responsibility to call that very, very wrong.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cindy, Oh Cindy! It breaks my heart. You are so sweet to take care of this boy. I wish I was smart enough to figure out the poverty cycle and why it happens the way it does. We live in America where there is enough for everyone. As a teacher, I have seen very, very poor parents who took excellent care of their children and made sure they had food and clean clothes. And, I’ve seen the opposite. I believe that legislation won’t fix the hunger problem but the fact is that kids need eat. And if they’re not getting fed by their parents as a society we need to do something.

    I am grateful that God has put you in this little boy’s life. You can’t stop his mom but at least you can intervene and help guide him toward something better for himself. God bless you and your family for being so loving and kind.

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  • Anna@Green Talk

    posted on April 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    A year or so ago, I interviewed the director of a film that looked at the National Lunch program. I watched the film as part of my interview. It was eye opening at the cost of the program and how much they truly spent on each child’s meal.

    The interview was fascinating. You can see his interview on my site. (http://www.green-talk.com/2012/05/09/national-school-lunch-program-struggles-lunch-line-producer-reveals/)

    His movie is another great one to watch. Thanks for blogging about this important topic. Anna

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    Amy Reply:

    @Anna@Green Talk, Thanks for sharing another great resource for helping people, Anna!

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  • nicole

    posted on August 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I made this recipe today and seriously it was so good! Thank you for the healthy, inexpensive, easy recipe. With a 3 yr old and 1 yr old crock pot recipes are a must. And both my kids and my husband really liked this recipe! Will be making this at least twice a month to help keep the grocery bill down. Would love more recipes like this.

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    Amy Reply:

    @nicole, Yea! This makes me smile. I love this dish, too. Simple, frugal meals are a necessity, huh?

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