I’ve been truly poor and trust me: when you have the choice of feeding your hungry kids a bundle of broccoli or the pizza, you give them whatever will fill their stomachs. The people who don’t seem to grasp this make me angry.
I’ve read four or five articles lately that are trying to make that same old argument about how it’s not more expensive to eat healthy.
None of them mention all the other factors, like how much food, quantity wise you actually get. Or if the people can use the food quickly enough for it not to go bad, or do they have to get things that will keep? How about if they have transportation to get to the store on a regular basis to refill all those fresh veggies that are going bad? Or what about if they’re working two or more jobs and they’re just too damn tired to make some fancy meal when they get home and they NEED to be able to microwave something because they haven’t sat down for 10 hours and standing in front of a stove or a cutting board is damn close to torture.
Or what about all the kids who are home by themselves because their parents have to work and can’t afford a babysitter, and the kid is technically old enough to be alone? How many of those kids can whip up some fresh veggie stir fry and how many can make mac and cheese from the box?
UGH. The people who say this crap have no IDEA what actually matters to people in poverty. They don’t have the first darn clue. And the fact that they’re trying to guilt parents who are just doing the best they can for their kids is so, so wrong.