Archive | August, 2011

Breakfast Fast

Last night I had the pleasure of participating in a traditional Iftar, the fast-breaking meal during Ramadan.  Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours in order to learn about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.  And just as the sun sets, families […]

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Rising enrollment in food stamps helps to counter effects of the Great Recession

Great blog post from our friends at Colorado Center on Law and Policy about SNAP!

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PBS News Story Highlights Need for Food Pantries, Even in Affluent Communities

While the majority of this video is about perceptions of wealth inequality in the United States, I was particularly struck by the comments of Denise Barrant. (Scroll to 6:20 – 8:00 to see the interview with Ms. Barrant.) I grew up a few towns away from where she lives, just on the other side of […]

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Mothers Eat at Now Faith

With choppy Spanish, I spoke with two mothers I have gotten to know over the past couple weeks during the summer lunch. Both mothers are friendly and warm with six children each at the lunch. One family has six daughters, the other has three sons and three daughters. Though we can’t delve into deep conversation, I […]

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First Time’s a Charm

Typically the saying goes, “Third time’s a charm” but for the summer food site provided through RWS Family Life and Youth Learning (RWS) in Commerce City, the saying must be altered. This is their first year as a food site and they have been incredibly successful, especially on Saturday. As a self-sponsored site, they make […]

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The Power of Voice

I came across a young poet, Raevaughn Johnson aka Rae of Hope,  on YouTube today. He made many pointed statements that made me think deeper about the handling of hunger in America. He performed his poem at the Brave New Voices poetry slam in San Francisco. Listen to his poem and his handle on words: A few […]

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Arts and Crafts: I’m Done for Today

My Tuesday afternoons this past summer were spent at Foothills Green Townhomes (a development of Rocky Mountain Housing Development Corporation), an affordable housing community with a high population of Middle Eastern refugees. After lunch, I would help with the girls club, a continuation of Girl Scouts, which runs throughout the school year. Our time was spent planting […]

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