Saturday, May 10, 2008

Food

I know a lot of my posts have to do with food. (By the way, check out this recipe to easily and quickly make your own hamburger buns. It's handy that you can change the number of servings, but I found that although I set the recipe for 15, I only got 9, meaning I still had to buy some buns for last night's bonfire.)
There's been a lot in the news about the causes and effects rising food prices. I've noticed the prices rising here and have cut back on some things (like hamburger buns!), but we still have plenty of healthy food to eat and groceries make up a fairly small portion of our budget. 
This past week the contrast between need and waste stood out to me. I took a bruised banana home from school (a student was going to throw it away) for my destined-for-banana-bread bag in the freezer. I was too late to save a stack of sandwich cookies from getting chucked on Friday's field trip. After school I looked down into my classroom trash and just from the top I saw a Dorito's bag with a serving left in it, a 3/4 full yogurt container with a spoon in it, and an Oreo package with several partial cookies left. I've watched kids use grapes as ammo and dump the better part of a carton of milk on the ground. And it's not just kids (who don't have to buy and cook their own food). Personally, I threw away the last bit of hummus which smelled funny, a small avacado that we cut open but was much too hard to use, and I should throw away a partial and hardened PB&J, and some seeds from a long-since-eaten squash.
I know we can't send any of these things to the people in Haiti eating dirt to fill their stomachs but to me it seems like a sign that we don't care very much. Maybe some fasting and prayer is in order.

8 comments:

It's ME silly! (Mitchell) said...

Happy Mother's Day :)

Janet said...

Mitchel, do you know something I don't know??? (Um, you wished Hannah a Happy Mother's Day)And I couldn't agree with you more Hannah on how much people waste. Working at mom's cafe I've noticed it too. Little old ladies order a full meal and we tell them they can get a smaller portion for less money but they still order a full then waste it. (And it's not cause the food taste terrible)When does school get out there? They get out at noon the 20th. What will you do over summer break? Your mom said they are going to Idaho is that close to you all? Aunt Janet

Hannah said...

To iron out this rumor before it goes haywire through the family and internet grapevines...I believe Mitchell wished me a Happy Mother's Day in a general, friendly-greeting, no-I'm-not pregnant-or-anything sense.

Look what you've started, Mitchell!

bittersweet leaves said...

Who threw away Doritos? I'm gonna clobber them!

Ruth said...

I agree with you too. I think our school should invest in a worm bin, you know where the kids put their scraps so they make compost. So far I haven't been proactive enough to order one though. :-)

It's ME silly! (Mitchell) said...

sorry:( just being a FRIENDLY cousin! Who's startin rumors?!?!??

Sarah said...

That worm bin sounds cool.

Lynola said...

I just flew on Alaska Airlines. Now when they come through the cabin to collect garbage they have 2 bags; the clear one is for recyclables (cans, plastic cups, newspapers...) and the gray one is for garbage. This does not relate very much to food, but it made me happy that they recycled. Yay Alaska Air!
PS kids at my school throw away lots of food too. Especially from hot lunch (which is served on evil styrofoam)