Monday, November 12, 2012


Rabbi Susan Talve

Day 1 was thoughtful. Thinking about the victims of the hurricane who lost everything and would have to use 'food stamps" to build back their staples, condiments, etc. Thinking about how important it is to stock food pantries with healthy items that are hard to get in food deserts and just too expensive. Thinking about how if you don't have money for food, you don't have money for distractions and eating "comfort food" becomes an activity. Thinking about the food service director in the Food Stamped film who just wanted to give the children calories to fill their stomachs. Thinking about how there is a lot of wrong thinking out there. Remembering how the nutritionist at Children's hospital in the early 90's told us that calories were more important than our "organic" ideas and watching our kids get hooked on Spaghetti-Os and colored cereal with marshmallows in the hospital! Thinking about the other food service directors in the film teaching kids about healthy eating, exposing them to farms and gardens and delicious dishes with fresh vegetables that they ate! 

Day 1, Jim and I talked about what we would eat so that there would be enough for the week, trying to eat healthy and not be hungry, praying to be part of a movement that will grow a more just and healthier culture.  


  1. I've been reading through the blogs, and you are the first person that has seemed to know about food deserts. They make this challenge even harder. (It is possible others have known, but not written about them.)

    Addressing hunger is a serious issue. I feel that in many ways it may be the key to addressing a number of the problems we have as a nation. From violence to jobs, it seems to me to start with kids. The kids who go to school hungry not having access to good foods will be less likely to learn. Kids who don't do well in school are less likely to get out of poverty, and that puts us where we are now.

    I wish I knew how to make a real difference. I applaud you for your efforts.

  2. Hi, and thanks for your comments. Food deserts are a huge issue. Anecdotally, I think many of the folks taking the challenge do know about food deserts - they came up frequently in discussions prior to getting started. Interesting, then, that few people have written about them. Perhaps one learning is that when we are hungry, it's easy to lose sight of larger issues that also concern us - or, as you point out, focus on important things like school.