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You're Feeding Them Junk
February 26, 2016 @ 3:25 PM by: Richard Steinecke

The shopping cart was full. Very full. Cases of tomato sauce, beans, and evaporated milk almost obscured the 24 packages of pasta and the oatmeal sitting in the back of the cart. The woman in front of me in the checkout line looked at the cart and me with unconcealed curiosity. I explained that tomorrow was our Food Bank day and we were short of supplies, again. She said “Well now I know what Food Banks feed the hungry: junk”. It was difficult not to feel defensive. After all we were doing the best we could in a difficult situation. We were spending more than our budget allowed to make up the shortfall. And we just could not afford to buy fresh food. Who could with the sinking dollar? But I checked my frustration and we had a nice chat. She described how she ate healthy food on a tight budget. Her principle guideline: Never go in the isles; just shop on the outside of the store where the healthy food is. We thank God for our donors who do shop on the outside of the store.

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