Preaching to the Choir

19 Aug

If you are reading this, I would bet a week’s groceries, that you:

1 – have access to an automobile

2 – have either (but probably both) a stove or refrigerator

3 – have not had to skip a meal over the past week because you had no groceries or no access to food

So, although I love you followers, I’m afraid that I’ve been preaching to the choir.

See, I’ve spent the morning being agitated by a column written by IndyStar Columnist Erika D. Smith that I read this morning.  I’m not mad at her, I’m not mad at the IndyStar, and I’m not mad at you.  

I’m mad at me.  For not realizing that there is a whole community of people who I really need to be helping.

I shopped today and spent $146 on food for the week and have a great meal plan too (we are finally back on a schedule now that summer break is over).  

I bought items for school lunches, I bought some fast food for at home – like frozen pizzas and hotdogs, I bought some junk – like fruit snacks, brownie mix, prepackaged individual cookie packs, and I bought TONS of fresh fruits and veggies.


Aren’t I awesome?  Well, really, not so much.  

I had a car to drive to two different stores and load up seven bags (plus a case of water, 3 gallons of milk, 2 containers of apple juice and some other random large items).

I have both a stove and refrigerator at home. The oven and all five burners work on my stove.  And I actually have two refrigerators for storing food.  I have an entire closet to store pantry items.

I can’t remember the last time anyone here had to skip a meal.  For heaven’s sake, all we do is eat.

There is nothing special about my story.  

I’m mad at me.  I should help solve a real problem.  Is the long-term answer for part of the population to give food to a pantry and part of the population to get food from a pantry?  I think it probably isn’t.

I need to focus on helping people getting the resources they need and the education they are missing to make real change in their diets.

Here’s what I’ve learned: I need your help to get started.  Will you help point me towards organizations that could use my help?  Will you brainstorm with me?  Will you share what I’ve shared here with you today?




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8 responses to “Preaching to the Choir

  1. Rie142

    August 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Start by helping your local community. Everyone donates to the big organizations but not locally. Most churches have people who need help. My local little church has a basket for people to get items from then need. Or a local food bank. We need to help people here in our country, our states, our counties, our towns before we go overseas.

    • Sarah

      August 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Kristen, our churches support Gods Bounty Food Pantry. It supports the people of Franklin Township. They are always looking for volunteers and donations. It is open on Thursday afternoons. I volunteer there the third Thursday of every month. They also load the food and stock shelves Wednesday evenings from 6-7. This is a great opportunity for kids to get involved also. The amount of families being seen every Thursday is increasing every week, so the need is always there. They also run programs with the Meijers on Southport regularly where if you buy a gift card from there they match the amount.

      • KSeed

        August 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        I have volunteered at God’s Bounty before, but it’s really not a good fit for me.
        I am more interested in helping educate rather than just distributing from a pantry.
        Please continue to send me suggestions and thoughts!

  2. Chris Maples

    August 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I hate to sound self-serving, but our residents could definitely use help with that. I imagine anyone providing supportive housing does – Boner Center and Englewood CDC are other good options here by us on the east side. And I’m sure Second Helpings might be able to benefit.

    • KSeed

      August 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Chris – I’d love to schedule a conversation with you to discuss all this with you. Let me know your availability!

  3. Julie Aldrich

    August 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I have some thoughts for you! Will chat this week when I see you. Sadly, I see hungry children every day. We serve universal breakfast (everyone gets it free) and lunch, plus I send home food on the weekends with close to 60 children. I have churches that support us for our long breaks, but still, we worry. I had a fantastic parent liaison through a grant last year that began some outreach. Our biggest issue is the families we have in hotels. And not the nice hotels with kitchenettes…rather, the kind you see on the news.

  4. Lori Felling Stone

    August 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve thought a lot about this, Kristin. I was particularly inspired by Tamar Adler’s book “An Everlasting Meal” and also Dave Ramsey. I do believe there is a market for teaching folks with limited means to cook meals, stock pantries, feed children, etc. I’ve thought it might be a good idea to teach a class to single mothers – advertise, charge very little, go over a shopping list and teach about using that food in all ways possible, and let word of mouth get some buzz. While it’s great to feed folks, I think it serves a bigger purpose to teach folks to cook, shop, organize, and utilize their food. I’m unsure why high schools don’t do some of this, or junior colleges / tech schools. If I could drop my job and do anything, it’s probably what I would do; I think your post is great, and on a good path. Good luck. Hi to Trent!

    • KSeed

      August 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Lori. Let me know when you’re ready to drop your job and we’ll go in on this together! 🙂
      I’m going to look for that book by Adler.
      We are HUGE Dave Ramsey fans around here!

      Keep the suggestions and feedback coming!


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