Thursday, March 13, 2014

From NPR: Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There

Most folks in society think the working poor are slovenly and just out to get food stamps, welfare and all sorts of public assistance because they won't help themselves.

I hate the generalization, the stereotyping because it is not always so dammit.

JuJu Harris has experienced the tough road. Small children to feed, not a lot of money, she decided to begin gardening, making bread and cooking better, more nutritional meals for her family. What makes her extra special is she has been sharing her experience and her knowledge with others who are in the same situation she had once found herself in. She is helping these low income families choose healthier foods and teaching them how to prepare them.  And she has created a cookbook as well.
You, my lady, are a shining star. An example to us all.
THIS is what needs to happen instead of accusing those with less than as sucking the "system" dry. THIS is the model the government needs to push forth. We need to teach people HOW to take care of themselves instead of expecting them to come out of the womb armed to the teeth. Not everyone is privileged enough to be well educated on all sorts of matters including nutrition. This program in Washington DC is a damn good start and I hope it spreads like wildfire. This comment from JuJu is perfect.

She says she's just doing her part. "The problem of food insecurity is so big, I just do what I can do. And I can cook." She hopes the Arcadia cookbook will show that "it's possible to eat healthy on a budget. Not easy, but possible."

She also answers people in the comments section so take a look.
NPR - Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There

Thank you JuJu Harris and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, you are the bomb.


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