29 June 2010

Christmas in July ...

Welcome to summer vacation for many kids , not only in New Hampshire but across the country. It occurred to me that this blog would be an appropriate place to post a plea to any and all readers to consider making a few donations of foodstuffs and/or a monetary donation to their area food banks. This is the time of year when we, the fortunate, can harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from our gardens, visit farmstands to pick up the freshest of local fare, and go blythely on our way at the supermarket getting the regular items .

There is, though, a whole segment of the American population that relies on subsidized lunch programs at schools to help out with providing their children a nutritional lunch ... but school's out for summer. If those children aren't fortunate enough to be involved in a summer camp experience, they may not be getting the mid-day meal or what they are getting may not be as filling and healthy as their parents would like. Food budgets are stretched during the summer months for folks on tight budgets or the federal foodstamp program. 

It's funny. At Thanksgiving and Christmas time, many of us open our wallets and hearts and give bags of food and checks to our food banks and soup kitchens, but during the rest of the year, we slack off. In this current economic situation, it's all the more important to 'keep Christmas' all year. We may well be helping a neighbor as well as ' the poor unfortunate' out there in the Dickensian world  of our imagination.

I'm just sayin' ...


  1. I just happened upon your blog. Love all your great posts.

  2. Thanks, Moogie! Come again! There plenty of room in the garden!

  3. Susan, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I hope the coconut cream tart is a big hit! What you said in this post is so true. We tend to only think of helping out during the holidays but as you said, our help is needed year round. Very good point!

  4. Sprout Sara30/6/10 4:23 PM

    Boston just passed a great new program for people using food stamps. A lawyer I'm working with now as been involved with getting the program up in the air, and met with Mayor Menino last week to celebrate the program's start. Here's the link: http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/06/vouchers_double.html

  5. Susan @ Sara30/6/10 7:17 PM

    Say what you will about Menino, he's got his head and heart in the right place 99% of the time.

  6. Sprout Sara1/7/10 12:45 PM

    I would argue that percentage is a bit high... but yes, you are right that he does do good deeds for the City. :)


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