Wednesday, January 9, 2019

hunger and the federal goverment shutdown

I'm not looking to hear about how bad the President is... we all know that I hope. But I'd like to remind our readers that with the shut down, cutting off food supplies to an already overly taxed system is making things so much worse.
Steph and I went to a talk sponsored by the Foundation for MetroWest, it was the Metrowest Women’s Philanthropy Series at the library last night. The topic was MetroWest Hunger Relief Panel and the speakers were Joanne Barry, Exec. Director of A Place to Turn in Natick, Lauren Columbo from Loving Spoonful based in Boston and then Caroline Murphy from the MetroWest Fondation. We heard about traditional ways food panties operate from A Place to Turn in Natick. And Loving Spoonful who picks up perfectly good food from major food stores, caterers and schools and delivers that food to pantries.

The reason I bring that up is that pantries can barley keep up with demand and now with the shut down, 770,000 people in Mass who rely on food stamps will not be getting anything past the end of this month. Not to mention the Coast Guard who is funded by the Dept of Homeland security, is the only branch of the services not getting a pay check. On the Cape, food panties have already distributed 52,000 pounds of food. It's times like these that make me despise our federal government.

I can't stomach the complete disregard for our hungry people many of whom are veterans with families. Kids in school who are on the WICK program. And every senior citizen who lives on short money every month. This IS a national disgrace and the longer it goes, the likelihood of people breaking the law for food is greater.
 I wish more well-off people would pay some attention to this crisis as it will only be a matter of a few days before it becomes a nightmare for every Town and city in Mass.
There will be a rally for federal employees at 11:45 am across from Post Office Square in Boston. I'd love to do something here as well.

13 Comments:

At January 9, 2019 at 3:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What day is the rally on Jim? I would like to try and go

 
At January 9, 2019 at 3:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything you say is so true. Is WIC and the SNAP programs still funded during this shut down? I heard they decided to pay the Coast Guard. We should all be concerned about this. If we know neighbors or even people we don't know but suspect are living paycheck to paycheck and are now without that check, we should all reach out and offer support. Plus, make a drop off at a food pantry.

 
At January 9, 2019 at 3:29 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

This Friday

According to the Globe this morning, Coast Guard is not getting paid.. I hope that changed but not as of this morning.
As far As I heard those programs will not be funded.
Good idea on a contribution to a pantry... they also will accept us dollars as well as food staples.

 
At January 9, 2019 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone take a look in your cabinets. There is something in there you can spare that will be most welcome by a food pantry. Lets show our neighbors that Framingham is a community that cares about its residents. By the way is there a food pantry here in Framingham we can donate to and if so where is it and when do they accept donations?

 
At January 9, 2019 at 4:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT MEETING OR WOULD HAVE GONE MYSELF. THANKS FOR THE RECAP

 
At January 9, 2019 at 5:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you go to every single meeting in the city? Glad for the info and hope that people think about this situation as they shop for their groceries. If all of us lucky enough to be able to afford to eat bought one small bag (not plastic bag of course) and dropped it off at a local food pantry think of the difference it would make in the lives of so many people. This is something we can do without government involvement, just neighbor helping neighbor. If you could list some places we can drop food off and the times they will take it that would be useful information

 
At January 9, 2019 at 6:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

IF WE JUST STOPPED WASTING FOOD THERE WOULD BE PLENTY TO GO AROUND. WE NEED TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF HOW MUCH FOOD THE ACTUALLY ARE WASTING. AS JIM SAYS - NO PIZZA BOXES IN RECYCLE BINS - SO STOP BUYING TAKEOUT THAT YOU END UP THROWING AWAY

 
At January 10, 2019 at 11:06 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

WBZ is reporting that the food stamp program will be funded through February.

 
At January 10, 2019 at 11:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how much food we actually waste every day? Just curious if it is a large amount as a previous poster implied

 
At January 10, 2019 at 12:58 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

At that meeting one of the panelists says it's 40% I believe. We are all guilty of wasting food. Steph and I have pledged to reduce the amount of food we serve in smaller portions per meal.

 
At January 10, 2019 at 1:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get the dems off their ass and allow the wall to be rebuilt and the spigot will get turned back on.

 
At January 10, 2019 at 1:52 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

I think the whole situation shows the best reason why we need a third party in this country. Somewhere in the middle, I believe is where most Americans are. If every federal employee were to walk out for just one day.. ALL the politico's would have to at least get people back to work and paid. It's a moral disgrace.

 
At January 10, 2019 at 6:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree Jim. Both parties suck.

 

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