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Feeding Ourselves and Others Sustainably

| 7/29/2019 2:28:00 PM

Food from the garden

Whether you have a large and sprawling garden or a small selection of potted vegetables on your porch, you may end up with extra produce to share. Even if you make money selling your extra veggies, please consider sharing quality food with your local food bank.

The photo below shows a classic assortment from one western-central Ohio pantry. This particular grouping was for a family of four (one adult and three teens) for a one-month period. Think about that. Look at the photo closely and consider how far you could make this food stretch.

I want to be clear here that I am not being critical of food banks. They are essential programs that have definite monetary constraints. It’s important that we give them more so that they can give out more.

Food pantry assortment

Granted, most families might have access to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamps for additional sustenance—though for how long with the current administration cutting right and left we can’t tell. The lucky ones might have access to transportation and may be able to access a second food pantry or other charitable source. However, there are a growing number of families finding themselves food insecure.

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