Hunger Is Not a Disease

The Talk and 7 Convincing Talking Points


Think back to the time when you were a child.  Life was less complicated  then, for most of us.    Occasionally your parents or grandparents had talks with you about life.  Your mother, father, grandmother, teacher  may have spoken to you about sex, money, God, doing right from wrong, not stealing.  These talks were important.

Well, now you are an adult with your own life.  Consciously or unconsciously,  these talks shaped you and influence you to this day.    The reality is that the person who took the time and effort to make you a successful adult may now be in need of a talk.  It is entirely possible that this older person is quietly doing without the food necessary to lead a healthy life.

Why is this happening?  Well, the answer may be easy.  There are simply more days in the month than  money.  Many seniors in our country have outlived their pensions, savings, ability to hold down a job.  The statistics tell us that one senior in seven  does not get enough to eat.  One way seniors can be helped is with SNAP.

1.  50+ seniors are eligible for SNAP.  If you are a senior, please apply for these benefits your taxes have paid for.  You worked all of your life, paid your taxes, contributed to the economy.  It is now time for you to benefit from all of the contributions you made throughout your life..

2.  SNAP helps you pay for the food you need to live  a healthy life.  When you eat healthier food, you can prevent and control some chronic health issues.  This will lower your medical  bills.

3.  With SNAP you’ll have more $$$ each month.

4.  SNAP is a debit card which offers you privacy.  If you don’t want anyone to know that you receive SNAP, they won’t.

5.  When you use SNAP, you are benefiting your community.  You are bringing $$$ into your local economy which helps farmers, grocers, and local businesses.

6.  When you receive SNAP, you are not taking $$$ away from someone else who might need it more.  There are enough SNAP benefits for everyone.

7.  Contact your local Department of Social Services Office to apply for SNAP.

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Breakfast in the Classroom? 8 Reasons why it’s Important


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1.  Children learn better.   Studies show  children who  eat breakfast in the classroom  score better at math, reading tests.  Breakfast helps  students pay attention to the teacher.  Their memory is improved.   Children behave better if they are not hungry.

2.  Breakfast in the classroom helps fight childhood obesity.  School meals follow nutritional guidelines.  Breakfast is  more nutritious than it might otherwise be.   

3.  Not all children eat before coming to school.   They may not have an appetite when they first wake up.  There may not be nutritious food in the home.  They may be too busy to eat.  That means they lack the energy and nutrients they need to perform at their best throughout the day.

4.  Breakfast in the classroom results in better attendance.  Children living in households where breakfast is not available are tardy less often and spend less time in the nurse’s office when they receive breakfast in the classroom.

5.  A consistently served nutritional breakfast  in the classroom develops healthy eating habits throughout life.   Children who eat breakfast in the classroom have a better nutritional intake than those who don’t.  These are habits which can be carried into adulthood.

6.  When breakfast is served in the classroom, every student participates.  There are no obstacles such as bus schedules, cafeteria location, social stigma.  This fosters a sense of community, something  badly needed for children growing up in food insecure households.

7.  Breakfast in the classroom is not a lot of work.   A well planned breakfast program  only takes about 15 minutes and can be part of routine activities.  The whole project can be a collaborative effort operated by the food service staff, the     and the teacher.  This will build a sense of community.

8.  Breakfast in the classroom decreases the risk of food insecurity.  Breakfast in the classroom is important for the student who doesn’t have enough food to eat in the home.

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Children of the Pantries – a tribute to Richard, Jamie, Robert, and Mikey

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“Everything tells us that children who grow up in poverty are much more likely to be adults in poverty.” – Peter Edelman

The flier came in the mail last Tuesday – reminding me that, once again, school is starting.  Immediately I thought of  pantry shoppers everywhere struggling to get the kids ready for school.

I remembered my own childhood with my mother

sewing my school clothes

buying new shoes – saddle oxfords

buying  sweaters and a coat

filling  a special kitchen cabinet  with school lunch snacks

taking me to the local Ben Franklin store with a list of needed school supplies.

2015 is sooo different! All the  households I know are now:

scrounging for any and all free hand-me-down school clothes they can find

checking around to find out who has free school supplies to share

connecting with the schools to see if there will be any backpack programs and how school breakfast/lunch programs will be managed at their children’s school this year.

And, all the while, the parents are holding down 2 and 3 jobs.  And, invariably, in the midst of all this activity, the car will break down…

Invisible almost, children come with their parents to shop at the pantry weekly for food.  These children are beautiful, alert, intelligent.  These children are so well behaved in the line and in the pantry.  How they  stand in the line with their parents/grandparents all that time every week and remain well behaved, I’ll never know.  They come for a three-day supply of food which must last seven days.  Shopping in a pantry usually takes a couple hours minimum.

As more and more household members work more and more hours at minimum wage jobs to pay more and more money for rent and gas to get to the jobs, more and more families appear in pantry lines.  Every time I see a child in the pantry, I’m grateful for the efforts pantry volunteers make to get the most nutritious food they can find and bring back to the pantry.

This is especially important because many pantry families live in food deserts and have no supermarket nearby.  People are forced to shop at a:


gas station food mart,

convenience store.

Sometimes the hungry simply can’t afford the prices in  upscale grocery stores and supermarkets.

One household of 4 came weekly to the pantry.    The children, Robert and Mikey,  came with their parents Richard and Jamie. We all smiled when the Allens arrived at the pantry.   Rich drove in with Robert riding shot gun in a  bright chartreuse repurposed ambulance which still had  the sirens.

Jamie arrived in a 22-year-old red Ford pickup with a black camper top which Richard and Robert kept going.


helped assemble the food for the take out bags

helped pack the take out bags

assisted the older and infirm shoppers

was loved by everyone


stood outside the building as the pantry opened

supervised the parking lot to keep the chaos to a minimum

managed the hallway

knew the stock in the storeroom

made sure the shoppers had help getting their food to cars

made friends with everyone in the shopper line

stood in the pantry room when the shopping line was overcrowded

was always on the lookout for anything which might upset the flow of people into the pantry

taught Robert to break down the used cardboard boxes

taught Robert to haul groceries out to the cars

Richard didn’t teach Robert to climb to the top shelf in the storeroom to retrieve much needed items.  Robert learned that on his own.

Robert, 10, loved food…any kind of food.  Whenever Robert wasn’t otherwise occupied,  helping out in the pantry, he came to the pantry room and ate anything that didn’t eat him first…raw.

Mikey,  5, was never unhappy or trying to get into trouble.  Mikey wanted nothing more than to help out in any way possible.  Of course, being 5, Mikey invented ways to help if we didn’t give him direction.  All in all, he was a gift to the pantry, smiling and greeting everyone who shopped.  For many, this was transformational.

Mikey was therapy.

Children are important in a pantry.  It’s estimated that 25% of the people receiving food at pantries are children.  Hungry children experience more learning difficulties and more illnesses than their well nourished classmates.

If you can, a donation of food or school supplies to a nearby pantry will be extremely helpful.

Thank you for reading this blog.  The stories are true.  The people are real.

Thanks for your patience.  I won’t be publishing articles on this blog quite as frequently while I work to get the reflexology book ready for the publisher.

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Peace and food for all.

Thurman Greco