The Hungry

For Jade’s prompt on dVerse Poets Pub – sustenance. also for Poets United Midweek Motif – Truth.

The Hungry
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The truth of the matter is: People are hungry. The people start lining up at 9:00 a.m. for the noon time meal. During the summer, children and babies are in the line with their adults. All ethnicities, male and female, young and old. They have one thing in common – they are hungry. We start cooking at 9:00 a.m. We have a menu based on what is available. Some days the food is plentiful, others it is pieced out in soups with starches. In a world of poverty, none of them can afford to be a on a special diet. You will find few vegetarians, few who don’t eat carbs, few who don’t not eat anything that is put in front of them. They don’t count calories or cholesterol, sugar content, grams of fat. They are hungry and eat what they are given with gratitude. Hunger is a real problem in this wealthy country of ours. Children go to bed hungry, probably within a mile of your home. Adults get a meal and divide it among several children. The elderly slowly starve. Special diets are for those who can afford them.

I work several days a week volunteering at a soup kitchen in my area. We beg donations from restaurants and stores – usually food that you would throw out. We recycle food from restaurants and the food given from stores – usually almost turned meat, vegetables on the verge of going bad, stale baked goods. We save the donated canned food to put up into bags and send home with families. I hear of people eating special diets either for vanity or health and I must admit, I get angry. Must be nice to be able to keep yourself healthy so you can get good reports from the doctor. Try going on meal a day or every other day. Intermittent fasting? Why not daily fasting because you haven’t any food? After we serve the people their meal, we usually walk out and talk to them, get to know them, know that they are out of work or that their meagre social security barely pays the bills with very little left over to buy food. Their plate of food or bowl of soup looks like heaven to them.
hunger in this country
is real – people die of hunger –
some of us try to help

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