Food Hoarding and Sharing Might Be a Family Thing
Three days ago, when I wrote I Have a Need to Share Food with Others, I shared that I was committed to helping a young woman out with food. A few days earlier, I had admitted to have quite the food hoard in my freezer and pantry again.
I come by this naturally, I think. Both of my parents were born in the 1930s, and grew up during World War II. The stories I heard were that my father grew up rather poor. My mother was the youngest of 10 living children, and was orphaned by her mother at the age of 4. Her father was a hard-working butcher, and she was passed around often to her older siblings, many of who were raising their own children.
By the time my parents were married in 1954, the country, world and economies were beginning to change, and the 1960s were better financially. When they had money, there was a tendency to buy more than enough.
I never remember a time growing up where we did not have enough food to eat. The cabinets and freezer were always full and I remember times when I would arrange and rearrange the cabinet where we would keep the canned and dry goods.
We had a large family. I am the eldest child of five. It stands to reason we kept more food in the house, but how many cans of tomato sauce does one need? I remember dozens. Though not in those quantities, I have more than enough to feed one person. I suppose if I were to look at it relatively-speaking, the food I have would last for the same amount of time that what my family's hoard would have lasted us with seven family numbers.
So, I have shared with another person--a struggling, single, female veteran who is attending school and having trouble finding an employer who is willing to work around her work schedule. I brought her a grocery sack and a small box of things for her, after finding out if she would eat the same "weird" things I eat. I split some packages to share, as well. She was appreciative, and we had begun a friendship that has come to the point where she felt comfortable accepting my help.
Just to put it in perspective, how much I have to share, here is a list of what I gave to her. You will see that I can easily help out.
Fresh or frozen items:
- 2-lb. pork loin roast
- 2-lb. organic chicken drumsticks
- 2-lb. organic carrots
- 1-doz. farm-fresh organic eggs
- 1/2-lb. butter
- 1/2-loaf whole wheat bread
- Large jar of sauerkraut
- 2 cans french-cut green beans
- 1 can mushroom soup
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 large can chicken breast meat
- 1 small can Albacore tuna
- 1-lb. penne pasta
- 1-pkg. Progresso starter meal sauce
- 1-quart almond milk
- 3/4-lb. rice
- 1 box pie crust mix
- 1 box muffin mix
This reminds me of my mother, who would cook and freeze meals and breads and put together boxes to take to people to share casseroles, baked goods, and so much more.
I guess the apple does not fall far from the tree.
I would simply have baskets out there, gathering up all the other apples so they do not go to waste.
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