Wednesday, June 25, 2008


RYAN FLINN, BLOOMBERG Turning dozens of hungry children away from a free meals program wasn't how Vince Harper wanted to start the summer. Harper oversees a program in Santa Rosa, California, that provides food to kids during schools' summer recess. More than 90 lined up at a community center on June 9, the first day of the service. Only 50 meals were available. . .

As California schools let out this month, food banks in the state face record demand for free meals from families pressed by food price inflation and economic hardship.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties has requested extra donations, saying 115,000 children may go hungry in the region. The San Francisco Food Bank has been forced to find new sources to distribute enough food for 66,000 meals a day, a 16 percent increase from last year.. . .

Some food banks say they are having trouble meeting demand because of a 59 percent drop in goods provided by the federal government, forcing them to buy more food while prices are rising. Manufacturing efficiencies also have decreased the amount of surplus and defective products typically donated by companies, food bank employees say. . .

Rising food, fuel and labor costs forced a Meals on Wheels program in San Joaquin County to close this month. San Francisco's Haight Ashbury Food Program also shut down.


At June 26, 2008 12:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who have access to any kind of land available for gardening ought to consider devoting a row for the less fortunate. We are allocating a percentage of everything we are able to grow for donation to both a local senior center and a local food bank.
Additionally, we are trying to help establish a local community garden network.
Others may consider doing something similar.

As Lao Tzu wrote:
"What is well planted cannot be uprooted.
What is well embraced cannot slip away.
Your descendants will carry on the ancestral sacrifice for generations to come.

Cultivate Virtue in your own person,
And it becomes a genuine part of you.
Cultivate it in the family,
And it will abide.
Cultivate it in the community,
And it will live and grow.
Cultivate it in the state,
And it will flourish abundantly.
Cultivate it in the world,
And it will become universal.

Hence, a person must be judged as person;
A family as family;
A community as community;
A state as state;
The world as world.

How do I know about the world?
By what is within me."
---Toa Teh Ching #54

At June 26, 2008 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Libertarian will be arriving soon to explain how their taxes shouldn't have to pay to feed starving people, blaming them for simply being lazy and jobless instead.

At June 27, 2008 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“I understand the marketplace, but government is supposed to be here to redress the inequities of the marketplace, that’s one of its functions. Not just to protect the nation, secure our security and all that shit. And not just to take care of great problems that are trans-state problems, that are national, but also to make sure that the inequalities of the marketplace are redressed by the acts of government. That’s what welfare was about. There are people who really just don’t have the tools, for whatever reason. Yes, there are lazy people. Yes, there are slackers. Yes, there’s all of that. But there are also people who can’t cut it, for any given reason, whether it’s racism, or an educational opportunity, or poverty, or a fuckin’ horrible home life, or a history of a horrible family life going back three generations, or whatever it is. They’re crippled and they can’t make it, and they deserve to rest at the commonweal. That’s where my fuckin’ passion lies.”---George Carlin

At July 9, 2008 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better be prepared to donate that row now, before the copdaddies arrive on your doorstep to enforce that 'donation'. Just as the slack and lazy refuse to work to purchase food for their families, and demand enforced 'donations' of a percentage of everyone's earnings to live off of, they will surely not engage in the labor necessary to grow and harvest food, and will instead demand that the state apportion the bounty of others' labors to provide for themselves and their irresponsibly conceived offspring.


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