Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Helping the Hungry

The other day whilst entering our local supermarket, a lady was standing at the entrance collecting food for charity. I went over to her and asked what types of food they really needed the most. She said "cereals" as these are really quite expensive for low income earners and benefit recipients.

Food is the second largest expense for families. A lot of families have limited access to decent healthy food due to lack of money and other resources. That includes many children who need those nutrients for growth and development.

Many soup kitchens in the Sydney area alone serve around 1000 meals a week to the less fortunate. And one in four people in a soup kitchen line is a child.

If you can give some food to the needy, can you do so this week. The Salvation Army and St Vinnies accept all non perishable food.

It's absolutely horrid to think of little children going hungry especially in this cold weather.

Hope everybody is enjoying this woolly weather as much as I am - although I have the most horrible sniffles.


Linda said...

Cereal is a hard one. We decided to have pancakes this morning to save on Weetbix until next week when we can get some more. Luckily we have eggs at the moment, though I think there is a recipe for eggless ones that we used once and it was nice.e

Vanessa said...

Yes, Linda I read somewhere that gram for gram cereal is more expensive than steak. Pancakes and eggs are definately the way to go. One of the other problems facing many people in the lower economic communities is their lack of cooking knowledge or motivation. Jamie Oliver found a similiar problem in the UK and made the problem part of a TV series highlighting how many people would rather go to McDonalds for a hash brown rather than cook a boiled egg. A very worrying trend.

commoncents said...

Thank you for posting this! I find you blog VERY interesting!!

Common Cents

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Vanessa said...

Thanks Steve.

mum x 5 said...

Just wanted to say I love your blog. I've been reading it for a while now and check-in most days to see what you've written.

Vanessa said...

Thank you so much Mum of 5. Do you have a blog yourself?

mum x 5 said...

No, haven't ventured into blogging yet. Maybe one day.