Feeding Hunger

How do we begin to justify
Hunger of the masses
When we have so much,
And so much is wasted?
My refrigerator is full
As is the pantry;
You can’t get another vegetable
Or pieces of fruit
Or box of cereal
On the shelves.
The children arrive
And know where to find
Juice boxes and bags of chips
To snack on.
The freezer is filled
With frozen bricks of various soups.
We could go, I estimate,
Six months without
Buying groceries.
We eat well
With little waste
But I was well trained
To economize.
Even so,
Much goes to waste
And I think about my mother’s warning
About the starving children
In Europe.
Now China
Or Asia
Or Africa.
Children have been starving somewhere
All of my life.
Farmers pour milk into ditches
And burn crops.
Feed the Hungry, we are urged.
Millions are at risk of Starvation. You can help.
Eighty Cents a Day can Change a Life forever.
Sponsor a child today!
And yet
Though I sponsor a child
And donate dollars to organizations,
Millions continue to starve
While farmers continue to destroy crops.
What difference will it make
If I throw out a crust of bread?
Who cares?
Who really cares?

-Sandra Lee Smith
January 31, 2009


2 responses to “FEEDING HUNGER (a poem)

  1. Sandy, you are an amazing inspiration. I have not made Christmas cakes for 35 years and I have an oven full of the most amazing looking cakes. They smell wonderful.

    I think some sponsor like THE FOOD NETWORK – should be picking you up for your clear and no nonsense approach to home cooking.

    • Thanks, Doreen. Its probably just as well that the Food Network doesnt come calling. I don’t think I could work them in with my schedule of driving grandkids to and from school and keeping up with a) my blog b) my facebook and c) my Inky trail News articles. I am thrilled that you made fruitcakes! yeah!

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