When we think about summer, many of us think about baseball games, BBQs and family vacations. For some families, summer can also be a time of uncertainty and hunger. Feeding and taking care of the people that need help in our own country, in our own communities, has always been important to me.
American public institutions have a long track record of keeping our food disease-free. Yet as this service is increasingly outsourced to for-profit corporations, it is leading to repeated oversight failures that have caused illness and even death.
"On occasions when they ask why they can't have Cheetos, Froot Loops or yogurt in a tube I tell them it's because these things aren't real food. They taste good, but they don't help their bodies grow strong or give them big muscles."
I was struck by a fascinating web post this week reporting that, as a country, we're consuming sharply declining amounts of wheat products. Given the vast numbers of Big Macs, Subway sandwiches and Domino's pizzas we buy every day, it seemed counterintuitive.
It wasn't like Jewel was trying to "make it" when it happened. She was just trying to make it from one meal to the next. No, her hunger wasn't for fame, it was the real hunger, the kind that having the misfortune of being born into poverty brings.