We watched the documentary, "A Place at the Table" last night. It left Mike and I both feeling a bit angry and frustrated - angry at the government for spending 146 billion in subsidies to support the wealthy agribusinesses and yet allocates less than $1.00 per lunch for children's school lunches. The program that supports the federal lunch program gets renewed every 5 years - and last year it was increased a whole 6 cents over the next 10 years! And you know where they took the money from to pay for this increase? - the food assistance program!
While our children learn at home and don't take part in the school lunch programs, I still feel strongly that the school lunch programs should be healthy.
Please take the time to watch this movie. It can be so easy to get caught up in the attitude that people should be able to figure out a way to support themselves - but aren't we supposed to care for the poor, those in poverty, and even more so children? (Ideally, we need to figure out a way to end the rampant poverty in our country and probably the best way would be to create a living wage, in my opinion.)
As we enjoy our salad for dinner with shredded carrots, sunflower seeds, feta, and baby turnips with an egg salad wrap, I am reminded at how amazingly rich our family is - we have never gone hungry.
How can we share our riches? Maybe by helping others start their own gardens, maybe by teaching others how to eat healthy on a lower budget, or maybe sharing the bounty from our own gardens.