I think we all have moments where we stop, and it all comes together for us in different areas of our lives. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak to most of the non profits here in Oregon. Guess what? Oregon is hungry.
I was at the grocery store with one of my kids. Happily selecting everything we want. Having fun in produce, scooping up bulk products, and saying “yes” to every request my angel has for food. Cookies, cheeses, organic chicken breasts, almonds in sea salt, fancy cereals. You name it.
As I drove home, I realized that grocery shopping, for me, is a fun experience. I look forward to it. I get to feel creative and I make the decisions. The kids were drifting off to sleep in the back of the car, and we turned in to our neighborhood…..the neighborhood recently stated to be the wealthiest neighborhood in Oregon.
Stay with me.
We put the kids down for naps, put groceries away, and I suited up for my exercise. I hit the streets and noticed a new batch of blackberries, and I had to stop and pick them. These are free berries! One of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. My kids love berries. I also noticed, hundreds of berries that had over-ripened on the vine, and died. Hundreds of them. You know a pint of berries is $4.50…. right? I do.
Let me stop here. This girl here? The one writing? I KNOW what government cheese tastes like. I have had powdered milk because we cannot afford fresh, wore second hand clothes and I had free lunches in grade school. I am a real person and I understand being a poor American, and the value of a dollar, and an education. We don’t all make it through, but I was fortunate with the family I had and I have an excellent work ethic, and married a man with a similar background.
So, right now, I just need to say this: Oregon, your berries are dying on the vine and your children are hungry. What are you going to do about it?
Click one of these and get busy. Please. Also, berries are not weeds, they are food. Pick the berries, freeze them, and eat them.
Partners for Hunger Free Oregon:
Oregon Food Bank