Posts filed under ‘At the Food Bank’
Three weeks ago I threw my back out after moving boxes and boxes of apples at the food bank. Everyone has apples! around here. We’ve got apples out the wazoo probably because of last years flood; the ground was soaked and the trees were very happy (that, and we didn’t have a late frost to kill the buds this spring).
Anyway, after another day at the food bank I’m better but still taking aspirin when I can’t stand the gnawing pain anymore (I held out until 2:30 today — hooray). I’m hoping to feel just a tad better every day (or two) as a sign that things are going the right way.
Not only that, it was 82º in the Denver area this afternoon, “about 1/100 year heat for date” according to Josh Larson, a Colorado weather guy I follow on Twitter so hey, you know, I should be outside. I’m not outside because I’m staring at this photo. I can’t stop looking at it. SO CUTE!
Here’s a shout-out to all of you who live with chronic pain. God. It’s. Exhausting.
Okay, enough of that. Happy Friday. Happy fall. Thanks to the universe for puppies!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Premiere Members Federal Credit union for the very nice chunk of change its members donated to Boulder’s Emergency Family Assistance Association today. I’ve been a volunteer at EFAA’s food bank for going-on six years and believe you me, that money will not go to waste.
What a great idea! And as a food bank volunteer, I say thank you! to Boulder’s Community Fruit Rescue.
Our mission is to inspire Boulder residents to harvest, share, and celebrate the bounty of our urban forest.
When a homeowner is overwhelmed by the bounty of their fruit trees, they call on us to mobilize a team of volunteer pickers. The harvest is split three ways: 1/3 is offered to the homeowner, 1/3 is shared among the volunteers, and 1/3 or more is delivered by bicycle to local organizations feeding the hungry in our community. Everyone wins!
(Another way in which this helps is that this time of year bears come down from the mountains looking to pack in the calories prior to going into hibernation. On average three bears are killed a year here in town (often leaving cubs behind who can’t fend for themselves) so the more we remove the food that attracts them, the better.)
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Regular readers here know that I volunteer once a week at a food bank here in Boulder, Colorado. I started there in February, 2009 after spending four years sitting at a computer working on Outfoxed and at the Newshounds. I needed to be around people! Volunteering there has been one of the sweetest experiences of my life.
Anyway, thanks to the banks crashing the economy (enabled by government policies),
deficit reductions austerity measures and just plain no community relief whatsoever coming out of Washington, food banks are increasingly being asked to take up the slack in providing services. People are being priced out of affording a decent living in our new low wage society and non-profits who already operated on a shoestring budget are expected to do more and more and more. It is getting so bad, my food bank is even soliciting donations from its volunteers. Get a load of this part of a letter I got on Friday:
As you know, [our food bank] been a vital community resource for 96 years. Last year we conducted 17,975 face-to-face client interviews; distributed 671,230 pounds of food; provided $813,101 in direct financial assistance; and provided short-term or transitional housing to 145 families staying in our 51 apartments. The demand for our services continues to grow.
Each year it becomes increasingly difficult to find adequate funds to support the great work that you help us do every day. Less government support, increasing demand for services, job growth primarily in low-wage arenas and more nonprofits competing for fundraising dollars make it very challenging to find necessary resources.
How long do the bubbleheads in Washington think they can continue to squeeze organizations like the one I volunteer for? Eventually the donating public runs out of steam as more and more nonprofits ask for donations. Then the non-profits have to compete for the scraps.
But hey, we apparently have billions of dollars to suddenly spend on a new (three year?) war against ISIS. This really is an endless war, isn’t it? If ISIS (and the new iterations of it that will inevitably develop after we crush what’s there now) wants to destroy us, maybe they should hang out and wait a bit because we’re doing a good job of committing slow-motion suicide as a country on our own.
UPDATED below @8:59 p.m. EDT 1-28-14.
Last week, while doing my usual Friday morning volunteer job at our local food bank, I was straightening out the snack and treat area when I came across some Pop Tart-type desserts called “Zippy Cakes.” We had a whole box of them — probably 30 or 40 — and as I was rearranging them I noticed how squishy they felt and how wet they looked.
I’d never heard of “Zippy Cakes” before so I decided to take a closer look at the ingredients, but I began by looking at the nutritional breakdown and my eyes just about bugged out of my head. The total fat content (I know the photo below is hard, if not impossible to read…sorry) was 39% and the first ingredient wasn’t flour, it was “fractionated palm oil and cottonseed oil.” The second ingredient was sugar. It isn’t until we get to the third ingredient that we get to flour, which one would think would be the first ingredient in anything called a “cake.”
So the first two ingredients are oils and the third is sugar. Disgusting.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil,
Fractionation is a further phase of palm oil processing, designed to extract and concentrate specific fatty acid fractions. Fractionated palm oil, as found in food products, has a higher concentration of saturated fat than regular palm oil and is used for the convenience of manufacturers who like its stability and melting characteristics. The healthful aspects of natural palm oil are largely lost in the process.
So, bottom line, a friend and I tossed all those “Zippy Cakes” into the trash. Just because people are forced to get their food from a food bank, doesn’t mean they should have to eat garbage — fatty, sugary junk with no nutritional value whatsoever.
Again, disgusting. Products like “Zippy Cakes” shouldn’t be allowed to be made, at least with those ingredients and with that much fat. I read somewhere a while back that we shouldn’t eat any one thing with a fat content higher than 7%.
Woohah. I just found the wrapper I took the screenshot of (above) in my printer. Per the “Nutrition Facts” on the back, the “total fat” content of these Zippys is 38 grams or 58% of the “Daily Value.” Saturated fat? 21 grams or 105% of the “Daily Value.” Sodium: 320 mgs. Carbs: 52 grams.
Eat one of these Zippy puppies per day and that’s it. Nothing else.
Got that? Earlier this month, Republicans refused to extend unemployment insurance to more than a million Americans because they’re lazy a++holes and if we coddle them they’ll just keep on keepin’ on sucking the tit of the American taxpayer.
Dear god of the universe: If only we really did have a liberal media here in the U.S., they’d be screaming about this: <—- <—-:
And if we had Democrats here in the U.S. who made some serious noise, who had guts and a willingness to stand up to the corporatocarcy (thank you Justice Roberts and your ruling on Citizens United), We the People might stand a chance…
Regular readers of this blog know I volunteer at a food bank on Friday’s (should there be an apostrophe there or not?): Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) here in Boulder.
Last week there was a statewide “Colorado Gives Day,” during which people were encouraged to donate to a Colorado-based charity. Thanks to average Janes and Joes, EFAA took in 80% more this year than last, which I just learned via this email:
Holy cow. Absolutely fantastic!