This is the final post I am going to make about food insecurity. According to one study, “healthy food is often more expensive, whereas refined grains, added sugars, and fats are generally inexpensive and readily available in low-income communities.” Households with limited resources often try to stretch their food budgets by purchasing cheap, energy-dense foods that are filling – that is, they try to maximize their calories per dollar in order to stave off hunger. While less expensive, energy-dense foods typically have lower nutritional quality and, because of overconsumption of calories, have been linked to obesity.”
Trying to survive in this world is not easy. I think about how I am going to clothe and feed my children everyday. When I receive a phone call from the local school instructing me to deposit more money into my child’s lunch account, I nervously check my wallet to make sure I have enough to cover the $2.50 per meal balance. Sometimes I wickedly think that it would be easier just to fill their lunch boxes with a few bags of candy, Cheetos, and cookies for the day. I urge parents to check out local discount grocery markets and research quick, yet nutritious meals for their children in order to keep our next generation from becoming dependent on fast food, candy, and overall unhealthy meals just to make it through the day. When I begin to worry, I must stop myself and ponder on the words of my Heavenly Father: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew, Chapter 6: 25-26).
I hope that my words in these past few blogs will be remembered by the reader. When observing a child who is overweight scarfing down a McDonald’s meal with vigorous enthusiasm, please bear in mind that this child could be enjoying his only meal of the day.