Did you happen to read any of the stories from Jim’s post on life during the Great Depression? If you didn’t, you should. Times were hard. Folks remember eating navy beans three meals a day for weeks. Some couldn’t afford lard and would substitute tallow. My own grandmother told me that she would take a thick slice of bread spread with lard and a wrinkled apple to school for lunch… and still had it better than some. They lived in rural Iowa. It had to be tougher in places like New York City.
Think about that while you read this…
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again!
Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.
Richter has been collecting food from places like the Ohav Zedek synagogue and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless.
What would the hungry folks of 1936 say about “poverty” today? Scratch that. Even the relatively well-to-do of 1936 wouldn’t have just thrown out fresh bagels.
I am starting to think that the “worst recession since the Great Depression” isn’t much like the Great Depression at all.