Archive for December, 2007

Food is Not the Answer

December 20, 2007

This is the time of year when we fill the food kitchens- There is a keen awareness of  “the needy,”  but food is not the answer.

My purpose is not to see that people are fed.  My purpose is to feed fewer and fewer people.  Our government is not at work on that issue.  We spend the same obscene amount of money year after year to feed people (40++ Billion dollars) and we spend virtually no money on reducing the number of people who go to those food kitchens.  Incidentally, 40 Billion is only about $1,400 per person per year — clearly not even close to what’s needed and so the issue of feeding people is ongoing, painful and frustrating..

We rob people as we feed them.  We steal their independence, their dignity, their equality.  This is the seedbed of civil unrest, the contrast in living between those who feed and those who are fed. 
                         
When you realize that food is not the answer to ending hunger, you either throw up your hands in total futility or you start asking, “what is the solution?”
With a number of organizations, I have been studying this for many years.  These are some  conclusions.

• There is enough food.
• We must focus on ending the persistence of hunger
• Ending the persistence of hunger is a community issue.
• Hunger affects us all.  When one of us is hungry, we are all hungry.
• Ending the persistence of hunger is a matter of human empowerment.  It is an expression of love and joy.
• Ending hunger is possible – and, therefore, mandatory.

The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known.  Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution.”

    Federico Garcia Lorca
 Spanish poet and dramatist, 1899-1936

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