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Can low-income families afford to eat healthy?

Can low-income families afford to eat healthy?

When discussing social and environmental justice issues, I hear many comments and questions. One keeps repeating itself:

“How can lower income families afford to eat healthy?”

I understand the argument and have participated in this dialogue. Inner city residents don’t have the same access to grocery stores their suburban counterparts have. Their option is primarily a corner store that doesn’t offer fresh fruit and vegetables. The least expensive things to buy include Cheetos and other non-nutritional food items…or, there’s always a McDonalds nearby.

I’m not going to debate the need for more healthy choices in every neighborhood and among all socio-economic populations. What I am going to do is change the focus of the conversation. Why is the question directed at what “others” can or cannot do?  I believe the question should be:

“What can I do?”

 

"If you think the price of organic is expensive, have you seen the price of cancer lately?"

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The Republic of Tea

The Republic of Tea
This is a great example of a company who is doing well and doing good!  Please support The Republic of Tea mission to help Room to Read build a library in South Africa for well deserving kids. They will donate $1 per tin purchased!

Excerpt taken from Room to Read web site.

“The Republic of Tea, the innovative company that sparked a revolution of specialty and premium teas, chose Room to Read as its nonprofit partner for their new tea line for children called Little Citizens’ Herb Teas. The Fair Trade Certified teas, which are naturally caffeine-free and organic-Rooibos based, offers three flavors: Strawberry Vanilla Tea, Tangerine Tea and Apple Cherry Tea. For every tin of Little Citizens’ Herb Teas sold, The Republic of Tea will contribute $1 to Room to Read in its goal to establish 100 libraries, including a minimum of two bi-lingual libraries for underprivileged children in South Africa. Look out for the teas and complementary accessory line in specialty and natural markets nationwide.”

 

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