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Another Hunger ending strategy

  • Subject: [cg] Another Hunger ending strategy
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" <gordonse@one.net>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 20:39:33 -0400

I recently read about some programs that have added a new strategy for
helping children who experience chronic hunger.  In addition to the school
breakfast and lunch programs, some schools have started sending home
backpacks of food over the weekends so that children don't have to go
without food from friday lunch to monday breakfast.  They include food that
doesn't need to be refrigerated or cooked, and seem mostly to consist of
things like individual cans of fruit and cereal bars.

As you might expect this food not only helps with hunger and improved health
but also with academics and self-esteem.

In thinking about how community garden anti-hunger programs might help with
this, it seems to me that cherry tomatoes, washed and protected in plastic
containers might be a good addition from August when school starts back to
as long as tomatoes continue to produce in the area.  In addition to garden
volunteers in community gardens or school gardens, there would probably need
to also be some parent volunteers who washed the reusable containers and the
tomatoes each week unless the number of children in a particular school
needing the service was small enough that the cafeteria staff could handle
the additional work.

Some other things that might work unrefrigerated for three days:
Small cucumbers
Clean unpeeled carrots with a bit of stem
Clean radishes with a bit of stem
Roasted and salted peanuts or sunflower seeds
Small bunches of grapes protected in a plastic container
White whole wheat raisin nut bread in a plastic container and packed at top
of book bag
Small jars of school canned jam/jelly--so whole jar could be eaten in a
weekend. (may need to pack in bubble wrap in plastic container.  Jars could
be reused with new lids)

Additionally for children in summer school:
Cherries in a plastic container

What else might work?


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