Shape Up! – Week 59


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This is week 59 in my series of Shape Up!  The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.

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You would think America would not have a hunger problem.  But sadly; it does!  Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  Hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.  This is the plot for A Place At The Table.

Hunger is mostly due to income.  Here in Alabama, a full sales tax is charged on groceries.  Along with Mississippi, Alabama is only one of two states that does not offer any offset, rebate, or break on sales tax on food and groceries.  Several legislators have offered a bill to remove the sales tax on groceries, but as you know, the Alabama Legislature can be crazy at times!  So I do not see any relief in the sales tax anytime soon.    You can learn more about the Alabama Food Tax Bill at: http://www.alabamafoodtax.com.

One solution to solve hunger has been the SNAP program, or Food Stamps.  Since I have been unemployed for 21 months now, I have been on Food Stamps for the last few months.  I get $200 a month for food purchases.  This does not go a long way at all!  I only eat one meal a day and at times a snack.  When I cover an event I will often do it on an empty stomach.  I care about getting the best pictures and videos of events to put on Geek Alabama.  So if that means I work while hungry, so be it!

Other families often face this problem, they make enough income so they can’t qualify for Food Stamps.  How can a family of 4 survive on an income of $28,000 a year?  Simple, they can’t!  These children often learns on an empty stomach in school and lunch can be the only meal they get during the day.  During the weekends, they often go hungry.   Some schools do programs where they send home food to less fortunate kids during the weekends.  I am going to say this, we have got to do a better job feeding the hungry!

The film A Place At The Table illustrates the need for fair pay, a living wage, and funding for programs like SNAP.  If our country adopted these models, they believe, as do many others, that as pervasive as hunger is, it’s still a solvable issue—one that could be remedied within years, not lifetimes.  I agree that the Food Stamp program needs to kick out the people abusing it.  Yes, I have seen some people abusing the program before.  And  we have got to do a better job paying a fair wage for workers.  This is why I support a raise in the minimum wage to $9 an hour.  Hunger in America has got to go!

To learn more about A Place At The Table go to: www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table.

Along with some walking, here’s is what I ate last week!

Saturday: Pizza, Sweet Tea.

Sunday: Chicken Breast and Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.

Monday: Hotpockets, Sweet Tea.

Tuesday:  Pork Chops and Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.

Wednesday: Burger and Fries, Sweet Tea.

Thursday: Pork Chops and Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.

Friday: Burger and Fries, Sweet Tea.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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