Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cost of Food

If you've been paying attention, you may know that there is a Global Food Crisis going on. If you Google it, you'll get no shortage of articles on it and reasons why it's happening.

What most don't seem to be dealing with is the affect it's having on people. It's hard to relate to numbers and a co-worker of mine has managed to put it in terms that makes sense to those of us in the West.

How do you relate to someone who only makes $1 a day? How do you understand that food costs them at least 80¢ a day and what that means? That is so out of our realm that it's hard. Try this:

The median salary in the United States is apparently $48,0000. (Not me, but I won't go into that.) That person makes about $132 a day. Imagine spending $105 on food every day of the week for 2 adults plus children. And that's not full meals consisting of a meat and 2 sides with pop to drink. That's just for a little rice, oil, and bread.

That only leaves $27 for health, car, and home insurance, clothing, gas, the house payment, the car payment....never mind the Starbucks, movies, televisions, gym fees...

Does that help clarify things? Do you want to help? There are a lot of organizations trying to collect donations so that they can help? You can contribute. If you need direction to a great organization that is helping the poorest of the poor, go here. Our spare change can feed the poor for a very long time.

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