A Modest Proposal Concerning Food Stamps

A Water Lily in a small pot

Good Morning, God!

A few days ago, Sandy emailed me that she was upset about an obese family using food stamps (an obese mom and two obese sons) to buy chips and soda pop. Sandy sees them when she visits a refugee family.

No one in our family drinks soda pop. That puts us in a very small — but healthy — minority. So, God, Sandy and I got to talking about how it’s too bad food stamp use isn’t limited to healthy foods.

Alas, as often happens when I wax critical, You put the Ball Back in My Court! As I ranted on to Sandy in a follow-up email, two thoughts came to me: 1) Jesus’ words: It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out. 2) YIKES! Maybe I should be offering cooking classes to help people KNOW HOW to eat better — and for less money. That second thought was especially unwelcome as cooking is not one of my skills.

Aha! But, I know a Super Chef who is already giving lessons at Castle Hospital! So, I guess my “modest proposal” is that somehow food stamp recipients could be “offered” classes on How to Cook Smart to Feel Better and Save Money. The classes could be video recorded and put on Youtube!

I understand God, that lots of people on food stamps are the working poor, with two jobs. They are tired, stressed  and often lack easy access to stores that sell real food. Still, a crock pot and a little “seed” (or make that “bean”) money might help.

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