Food Insecurity and Child Malnutrition in the United States - page 5
by TheCommuter 7,449 Views | 48 Comments Senior Moderator
Emily, a 9-year-old with a cinnamon skin tone and a strikingly angular face dotted by a set of chocolate-colored eyes, sits inside an examination room at the local children’s outreach clinic. She comes to the clinic once a month... Read More
- 1Jan 4 by LadyFree28Quote from gettingbsn2msnWe're talking about people who have food insecurity, meaning, economic insecurity. Depending on the area and COLA, a decision on buying a crock pot may not be an option if there is no money left after bills and essentials...if one has only five dollars left, which crock pot should they choose, albeit an emergency or needing to fix something, or a for medicine, gas??? http://mobile.walmart.com/m/phoenix#search/crock%20potYou can cook beans in a crock pot and it is very good.
Most crock pots are not even 10 dollars in a dollar store or a discount store ...
So, which one should they choose?
I didn't get a crock pot until I was less food insecure, and had more income; I COULD NOT afford a crock pot when I was food insecure, and economic insecure.Last edit by LadyFree28 on Jan 4
- 0Jan 4 by TheCommuter Senior ModeratorQuote from LadyFree28Very salient point. Many food-insecure people do not have (or cannot afford) appropriate cooking facilities such as crock pots, microwaves, grills, stoves, ovens, etc.We're talking about people who have food insecurity, meaning, economic insecurity.
- 1Jan 6 by MollypitaIn most places there are food banks and churches willing to help, if families don't qualify for food stamps. But most of them should, if they're really low income (although the program is getting cut all the time). I guess I have a slightly cynical view, that lower income people (and those less educated) do not make it a high priority to buy fruits and vegetables. Instant mac and cheese is easier, cheaper, and most kids will eat it without complaining. I think the point some are making here is that if people REALLY wanted to eat healthy, most of them could find a way to do so. I don't doubt that it's more challenging in some communities than others. But as other posters have mentioned, the dried beans are cheap, as are bananas, brown rice, carrots, and wheat bread. For those folks who fall between the cracks and don't have enough to eat, I am very sorry and would be happy to cook for them. :-) But I think in the U.S. that's quite rare, thankfully.
- 0Jan 11 by OCNRN63Quote from KelRN215I live in a very agricultural area of the country, where you can drive down the road and get fresh produce at Amish roadside stands. I have never seen corn that cheap, and corn is plentiful in season. There's a wonderful farmers' market in the city as well where you can get straight from the farm produce, but still, it's not all that cheap. Citrus is still very expensive...$1.00 for an orange!FWIW, I've never seen an ear of corn for $0.25 nor I have I ever seen a box of veggie burgers for $3. And, I agree with LadyFree28. I live in a major city. My neighborhood borders a very nice, well-to-do part of the city and, on the other side, a part of the city known for its high crime rate. The supermarket on the bad side has a terrible produce selection- I went there ONCE after I moved here 2 1/2 years ago and realized that there was not one good vegetable in the store. The supermarket I currently go to- on the better side of the neighborhood- is beautiful and has excellent produce selections. Both are between 1-2 miles from my house. Public transportation is not great in these residential neighborhoods and it would take 2 buses- that don't run often- to get from the bad supermarket to the nice one. There has been a movement in the city to get SNAP benefits accepted at Farmers' Markets but not all markets have the capacity to accommodate that. Most of my patients live in the city, in public housing, the projects, etc. Most of them have parents with very little education. Many of them also have parents who would prioritize buying a $10 pack of Marlboro reds/day over buying good food.
Unless there's a parent who knows what to do with inexpensive products, they really don't do that much for a family. You have to have someone who can cook and has the time to cook. If you have a family with only one parent who also has to work, that can be a challenge.
- 1Jan 12 by newmacgirlI would love to upvote Spidey's mom comment. We need so education in how to cook balanced meals. From dried beans, frozen vegis, and eggs are cheap. If the girl like she said she did it would be a non issue. We need to hold classes that teach how to use dried beans , make bread and tortillas. basic make food from ingredents classes. I took home ec in school it was worthless (this was in the 80's) we didn't learn basics that could be built on we learned to make pizzas from canned biscuits.
- 0Jan 13 by 4give&4getoftenThank you Commuter for bringing a very important subject to light! I have tried to read through most comments so forgive if this was addressed but does anyone know when people receive SNAP do they offer any nutritional classes of information on how to budget or shop for nutritious food? And how about the WIC program? I am a firm believer in educating people. It is to easy to pass judgment on people who have their carts filled with junk food and assume they want to eat that way.
I grew up in the 70s in a working poor and welfare poor neighborhood and everyone cooked, for the most part and we were all skinny kids. I am not sure where the breakdown occurred in nutrition for families; economy, more parents away from the home working?.
I agree, pointing fingers helps nothing. Let's think of solutions instead!
I wish at grocery stores where it would be needed that there would be a nutritionist able to hand out information and do cooking demonstrations wishful thinking huh???
Some communities do a community garden.
No child or the elderly, or anyone for that matter!, should go hungry here in America...it breaks my heart:'(
- 0Jan 13 by trishmsnQuote from LadyFree28I live in a medium sized city in the upper south, and one grocery tried to make a go of it downtown on MLK Blvd. The produce did not sell, and the shoplifting losses had the doors closed for good in about a year. Sadly, the mini-mart a block over is still doing a great business in lottery tickets, cigarettes, and alcohol....oh, and pizza and subs.This is what I am talking about; I live actually in the city. Being in home health in several neighborhoods, I am all too familiar with the lack or sub-par grocery stores, as well as when a good grocery store does to a community.
- 1Jan 13 by LadyFree28Quote from trishmsnIf the mini mart, corner stores, and bodegas start to have fruits and veggies, as well as a supermarket, would've that made a difference? How were the prices of the supermarket and the quality if their products ??? Did their prices rival the of the mini mart (which is high already)???I live in a medium sized city in the upper south, and one grocery tried to make a go of it downtown on MLK Blvd. The produce did not sell, and the shoplifting losses had the doors closed for good in about a year. Sadly, the mini-mart a block over is still doing a great business in lottery tickets, cigarettes, and alcohol....oh, and pizza and subs.
That could've made a HUGE difference in going to that store, with the exception of the many robberies; which IMHO was the LARGER issue, but that's my two cents; I only can speak to MY city MY reality.
With community farms, supermarkets organic markets and the fortune of having the Amish come down with their goods my urban area has the access to fresh food; my point is many go out of the areas that don't have any quality supermarkets to seek it; some supermarkets do not look to their consumers and their economic status; if they did, they would excel; on the other hand, again, within economic sensitivity, the supermarkets may not excel either; you can look to my other previous posts where I touched on these issues and the issue of redlining.
I was having a conversation with a family member on how their lettuce became wilted after buying it from a local supermarket that we stopped frequenting years ago; the family member is educated, and practically vegan; knows a good buy and goes out of their neighborhood to get their groceries as well; this time they were in their area and with budgetary gas constraints stayed in the neighborhood; TRIED to support the neighborhood supermarket, and the thanks she got was rapidly wilting lettuce. :barf:
But I digress, let's go back to the mini marts, the corner stores and bodegas.
In my area, because to the rise of supermarkets, community gardens, and a main supplier of a farmers market and the Amish goods and a wonderful push of supporting local farmers, the corner store in a area that I work actually started selling fresh fruits and veggies because of two new supermarkets in the area to accommodate the accessibility of the two new supermarkets, which was a boon and stay crowded with community members with healthy food, fresh produce and reasonable prices, the caveat is the supermarket is near a university, so it garners a certain clientele to the benefit of the economic sensitivity of many of the community members; yet the corner store has the availability of FRESH produce that the neighborhood locals can get if they need it ASAP; and I have not seen spoiled produce left over either.
The pressure from the neighboring supermarkets has dictated to the area corner stores to stock foods that are needed; the neighborhood has options and it has it into their business. That pressure is a boon to food sensitive and economic sensitive individuals and families.