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  1. Kathy Norman
    Kathy Norman 13 March, 2013 at 6:51 am |

    Your blog is blessing me, giving me insight into what it is like to be poor and hungry in America. Thanks for sharing. Hope you write a book about this

  2. Susan Herman
    Susan Herman 13 March, 2013 at 9:59 am |

    Clarification about waste–I think the stats cited above mainly cover pre-consumer waste; that is, food that never makes it to market for one reason or another. Or makes it to the store but the store has to throw out when the expiration date is reached.

    Still, post-consumer waste is significant too.

    Random sad post-consumer waste story: at one point not long ago the cafeteria at our daughter’s school put kiwis in kids’ lunches. What a great thing to give kids! Yay! But kiwi is rather hard to enjoy with its brown fuzzy coat still on. And those plastic sporks don’t work for peeling. So kids were just chucking out those gorgeous whole fruits. Ugh.

  3. Dennis Herman
    Dennis Herman 13 March, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

    When I read this, I thought about seeing workers in Quito on their lunch break. They would eat a banana then carefully eat the inside of the peel as to not waste any edible part.

  4. Laura King
    Laura King 13 March, 2013 at 5:10 pm |

    I don’t know what services there are in your community, but here the folks who receive benefits like this qualify to get food at the food pantry. Ours will give you enough food to make three meals without meat or milk most of the time. Have you factored that in to your “budget”?

  5. Ivan Herman
    Ivan Herman 13 March, 2013 at 5:27 pm |

    Yes, we have, Laura. Stay tuned!

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