posted on Feb, 15 2012 @ 11:20 PM
I disagree with the poster that implied there was no reason for children to go hungry in the US.
I know a lot of poor children and no, the resources are NOT always there.
Yes, there are food stamps but they only go so far- food has been going up but there's no raise in food stamps- and when you don't have access to
cooking facilities, and you have to buy ready to eat, they go quick.
I will tell you about a set I know.The family is all broken up, I can't figure it out, but there's a mom and dad who are divorced and remarried-
each to several different people- each marriage producing 1 or 2 kids. So the kids - there's a lot of them thrown in the mix. In either household,
about 4 underage kids. 2 teens, 2 growing kids. Then older teens, 18, in each household- who can't find work and no money for college, so still
living at home.
Ok, so the dad- he was making 50k or so a year and lost his job. They fired him on some technicality rather than lay him off, so no unemployment
though he'd worked there 12 years or so, making about 50k per year. He's a mechanic.
They used all their savings just paying for the house and living- tight. No tv, internet, phone. Food stamps gave them 400.xx a month to feed 6
people. 3 adults, 2 teens- 18, 13,12 year old, and a baby.
After over a year, the mom and dad found work- as janitors making 1k a month to clean this place up on 2nd shift. That's for both of them, and it is
contract work, which means taxes will cut out of that at the end of the year. The 18 year old got a part time job at a burger joint but can't drive
b/c no car and can't afford insurance.
The girl, 12, tells me that food stamps just don't go far enough. She tells me that no one ever gets more than one serving and they run out at the
end of the month. It is better now of course that they have the 1400 or so coming in, but the mortgage and bills take that.
This family is struggling and working. The school lunches leave a growing teen very hungry.
My family has taken to watching the kids off the buss and feeding them after school and often they stay until 10pm or so.
Recently, they started bringing other kids with them. Now, my family is not rich, we are making less than 18k now ourselves, but we used to make more
and I stockpiled then and we have 2 greenhouses- and that's helped- but I cook from scratch and garden and have chickens and really- that's a form
of food wealth that is very important to us.
These kids will stuff their pockets full of food to take home.
Now, I don't much care for their parents- they aren't really my kind of people- but they aren't lazy.
I went to a flea market this morning and a young woman was there with her husband selling all his old video games and nice clothes. I had heard her
tell him back behind the van to bargain with people b/c they need the money. She had a 13 day old baby there. They were barely kids themselves.
I bought some clothes from them that won't even fit. I'll cut them up and use them for wicks in my self watering planters. Said a prayer that baby
doesn't catch a cold around all those folks in that cold weather.
I don't believe in blaming people all the time or yelling lazy, no good.
I can find - if I look- blame with everyone, myself included. Sometimes I am lazy, sometimes I've made horrid decisions. I'm not even Christian
but when Christ said let he among you without sin cast the first rock, he was saying something major there, wise words that should be listened to but
that don't seem to be anymore.