Day 30: Meals

Many of us take breakfast for granted – even the treat of bacon and eggs. I certainly did when I was growing up. Each morning before going to school, I would fill my tummy with food: hot porridge, a bowl of cereal with cold milk, or slices of toast slathered with magarine and anchovy paste. My classmates arrived at school with their bellies full. And all of us had lunch.

When I worked at Qhakaza, I saw for myself that not all children have the luxury of a meal in the morning. Some do not even have the money to buy something to eat at lunch. What moved me was when I saw that a child without food would not stay hungry for long. The children I taught did not come from money: instead heir parent/grandmother/sister worked at a low paying job. And yet they still shared what they had – even if it were only a half a loaf of white bread and a bottle of coke.

Now I work in a school where parents earn good incomes and send too much food with their children for lunch. I shudder when I see apples and half eaten sandwiches thrown into the garbage. I then think of those children in South Africa who would welcome the food that is thrown away here with no thought.

photo (52)© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: bacon)

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10 thoughts on “Day 30: Meals

  1. When we were children, my parents always told us that very same thing. We told our children, and now I hear my children telling their children. Food should never go to waste. Every country, even the US, has poor to feed.

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  2. A great thoughtful post Colline, I think there was a certain amount of childhood empathy in the school yards in days gone by, your post reminds me of a few moments in my younger days at school, packed sandwiches being swapped and the daily allowance of milk for each child.
    Kind regards and best wishes for a beaut week.

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    1. Your comment makes me think of what the children are told in the schools here in Toronto: do not share your food. This directive definitely takes away a child’s instinctive desire to share food with those who do not have.

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  3. Wasting food is awful when so many are hungry. I guess they are worried about food allergies? to not have them share? I saw a lot of waste of food in schools over the years. Not even a half an apple for a WHOLE one, pitched in the trash. For a time there was a share table, when kids could put up part of the lunch they didn’t want and others could take from the table. A thoughtful post.

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    1. Yes, they are worried about allergies Ruth. Sometimes, though, I think it is taken to the extreme. Children with severe allergies have learned to be careful as they have had to. Giving an apple, for example, to someone who is still hungry will not cause that child to have an allergic reaction.
      I like the idea of a share table. If someone has not had enough to eat, there would be no shame in taking what someone else does not want to eat.

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