I didn’t know that mentioning free food for kids would cause such a stir and such downright anger. Earlier this week, I told you about a great campaign by Kellogg’s and Action For Healthy Kids to help feed hungry kids in the USA. I thought it was a great idea, one that I could back up.
After posting, there was a heated debate on our AkronOhioMoms Facebook Fanpage, including some not-so-kind accusations against those in need. Some people are worried that people are taking advantage of the system and we should not be supporting Kellogg’s cause to feed hungry kids. Whether you agree with free school lunches or breakfast or not, I find it unfair to judge people that you don’t personally know and make broad generalizations about people in need. Below is my facebook response that remains on our fan page, the accuser has sense deleted her comments.
Often people are needy because they have made/will continue to make bad decisions – whether its a educational thing or lack of opportunity to see what may be a better perspective. It’s a whole package – as a giver, you don’t get to pick and choose attributes of the needy or reasons for it!
It is so easy to point the finger at other people when your belly and kids’ bellies are full. The accuser stated that people that need the free food are not taking care of their kids, selling food stamps, and buying tattoos for themselves. Oh really? Where are the stats to back that up?! I know plenty of hard working “poor” people that could use the free lunch or breakfast program and they are tatto0-less and trying to provide for their families every single day.
My parents did not have tattoos
In my earlier article on the Kellogg’s Share your Breakfast campaign, I shared that I grew up in small towns in southern Ohio. Being a pastor’s family in small, struggling churches in rural Ohio, there wasn’t a large salary. My dad, like other pastors, was on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It didn’t matter that my dad has a masters degree and a passion for his career and people, we still were eligible for reduced lunches. I had plenty of friends that had free or reduced lunches too. Believe me, my parents did not have tattoos. My parents in fact did everything they could to provide for our family, including working 2 jobs. I’m sitting here right now wondering if I should allow my pride to stay in tact and delete that. I won’t because pride isn’t something to put on a pedestal.
You might be surprised that the school lunch programs (and breakfast) are available to a fair amount of kids, they aren’t just for the poorest of poor but also for families earning a decent living. Does that mean that every family in the highest of eligibility will take advantage of the system? Certainly not, it means that there are hunger kids across all income levels. If a family making $10,000 a year needs free meals at school for their kids, let them have it. If a family making $35,000 a year needs free meals at school for their kids, let them have it. You never know what each family needs are, please don’t judge them. Please don’t judge the kids. They have no say in the matter. Do you think that they want looked down upon? Do you think it helps them later in life to be shamed as a child? Do you think it would be better for them to skip breakfast, lunch, or dinner? That’s absurd.
Kids are hungry in the USA, let’s feed them
Right now, 1 in 4 kids go hungry in the USA. That means that 25% of kids in your town (or more) don’t have the luxury of heading to the kitchen cabinet for 3 solid meals daily, let alone a snack. Why can’t we support causes that are donating to feed hungry kids at school?
Here is an easy way, that won’t even take $1 out of your wallet. Between now and July 31, 2011, you can Share Your Breakfast. You can do this 2 ways.
- Upload photos or descriptions of your breakfast at ShareYourBreakfast.com
- Text your photo with the word “Share” to 21534.
Each time you share a picture of your breakfast, Kellogg’s will donate 1 kids breakfast meal to Action for Healthy Kids. The goal is to provide 1 Million breakfasts to kids in the 2011-2011 school year.
Even the act of taking a picture of your breakfast is sure to make you count your blessings as you are able to feed your family. Most mornings, we serve cereal with milk and juice at breakfast. This morning, it was Apple Jacks. This is what I submitted to ShareYourBreakfast.com this morning.
Please help fight hunger by uploading a picture of your breakfast to ShareYourBreakfast.com. Thanks for listening to my concerns.
What do you think about this issue? Comment below.
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