This post is a little different than most of my posts on here. I typically give updates on life with August–telling about his milestones and how we are consuming our days with him. But, I thought I’d share a bit of what has been on my mind lately.
Today in church, we heard a powerful message from famous pastor, Eugene Cho. He talked about living a life of justice and how as Christians we need to accept God’s radical love for us before we can show love to others. When thinking of justice, he talked about living intentional lives that focus on people in all different aspects of life.
After church, we went home and ate lunch. I had a romaine lettuce salad with grilled chicken, black beans, corn and all organic salad dressing. August ate greek yogurt with pumpkin, organic Mac n Cheese with some fresh organic raspberries.
I put August down for a nap and then headed to the grocery store (while Chris stayed home, of course). I first went to Aldi where I purchased almond milk, frozen fruit, organic applesauce, green and red peppers, some chicken and ground turkey, among a few other things, I spent about $54. I then went to Meijer, where I bought tortilla shells, wheat bread, produce (tomato, onions, peaches, apples, bananas, etc.). I again, spent about $50. I spent about $104 for enough food to feed my family of three for just over a week.
While checking out in line, there was a young (teenage) couple next to me. The young woman was also a mom. From their outward appearance, they were poor. I examined their shopping cart and it was chuck full–so full there wasn’t space for additional items. Full of frozen foods, prepackaged dinners, twinkles, Gatorade, chips, etc. There was not a single fruit or vegetable in their cart. They were ending their order around the same time I was. I overheard them rejoicing that they got their shopping bill down to $65. I stopped in my tracks. They spent about $15 more than I did and got triple the amount of food. They walked out with a cart full of shopping bags, whereas I walked out with four bags in hand. I am assuming that part of that food was purchased with their Bridge card.
It breaks my heart that there is such large food gap, in an age where we have access and huge platform to educate. I’m not sure how I can help play a role in providing quality food for the poor, but what I do know, is that I care. I care about the health of this one particular young family. I care that the food they are feeding themselves and their young child is more harmful than they know. I care that they aren’t being given access to healthy “real” food.
I hate that fresh food is so expensive. I hate that because Chris and I were given the privilege of being born into the families we were born into so we have access to a whole different system then others. I hate that there are millions of families stocking up on “fake” food just so they feel full and don’t go hungry. Ultimately, I hate that justice and health are so trendy right now. Shouldn’t we be fighting for food equality and social justice because that is what God calls us to, rather than falling into a “fad”.
With every soapbox I stand on, I try to think of a solution. I guess for now, my solution is to care. To care for those people and care enough to try and walk alongside others. To care enough to talk about it with others and make small steps to surround myself with people who are different than myself. Would you join me in caring too?