Dine out for hunger, May 7th! Help support Potter’s House Community Kitchen, which feeds hundreds of homeless and hungry people 365 days a year.
- May 6, 2013
A traditional Christmas meal will be served to the needy at Bender’s Tavern, 4517-A W. Market St. in Greensboro, on Christmas Day, December 25th, from 10am until 3pm.
On the menu: turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll.
Shuttles will provide transportation for dinner guests. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes, picking up from the Interactive Resource Center, Greensboro Urban Ministry and Center City Park, beginning at 10:45am and ending at 2:45pm. The last shuttle will return guests to those locations at 3:15pm.
Anna Freiberg, co-owner of Bender’s Tavern, is continuing a tradition started by her parents in 1981. They owned the original Ham’s on Friendly Avenue, now closed, which previously served the annual Christmas meal.
Frieberg has plenty of volunteers lined up for the Christmas meal, but if you’d like to help, here are some other ways to be involved:
A local blogger posted this today:
“I noted with interest last week’s report that Winston-Salem has ‘the worst rate of family hunger of any metropolitan area in the nation.’
I’m having trouble reconciling this problem.”
Actually, “fat and hungry” is not a contradiction. When you’re involved in ministry to the poor (particularly poor children), you learn quickly that obesity is a problem among low-income people. When you’re eating on Food Stamps or trying to stretch your dollars, you often have to choose the cheapest food — which is almost always the worst for you. Research backs that up:
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, “The Association of Child and Household Food Insecurity With Childhood Overweight Status”, Patrick H. Casey, et al. [emphasis mine] :
Household and child food insecurity are associated with being at risk for overweight and overweight status among many demographic categories of children. Child food insecurity is independently associated with being at risk for overweight status or greater while controlling for important demographic variables.
From the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “Poverty and obesity: the role of energy density and energy costs“, Adam Drewnowski [emphasis mine]:
“This review focuses on the relation between obesity and diet quality, dietary energy density, and energy costs. Evidence is provided to support the following points. First, the highest rates of obesity occur among population groups with the highest poverty rates and the least education. Second, there is an inverse relation between energy density (MJ/kg) and energy cost ($/MJ), such that energy-dense foods composed of refined grains, added sugars, or fats may represent the lowest-cost option to the consumer. Third, the high energy density and palatability of sweets and fats are associated with higher energy intakes, at least in clinical and laboratory studies. Fourth, poverty and food insecurity are associated with lower food expenditures, low fruit and vegetable consumption, and lower-quality diets. A reduction in diet costs in linear programming models leads to high-fat, energy-dense diets that are similar in composition to those consumed by low-income groups. Such diets are more affordable than are prudent diets based on lean meats, fish, fresh vegetables, and fruit.”
From the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “The economics of obesity: dietary energy density and energy cost”, Adam Drewnowski [emphasis mine] :
“Highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the United States are found among the lower-income groups. The observed links between obesity and socioeconomic position may be related to dietary energy density and energy cost. Refined grains, added sugars, and added fats are among the lowest-cost sources of dietary energy. They are inexpensive, good tasting, and convenient. In contrast, the more nutrient-dense lean meats, fish, fresh vegetables, and fruit generally cost more. An inverse relationship between energy density of foods (kilojoules per gram) and their energy cost (dollars per megajoule) means that the more energy-dense diets are associated with lower daily food consumption costs and may be an effective way to save money. However, economic decisions affecting food choice may have physiologic consequences. Laboratory studies suggest that energy-dense foods and energy-dense diets have a lower satiating power and may result in passive overeating and therefore weight gain. Epidemiologic analyses suggest that the low-cost energy-dense diets also tend to be nutrient poor. If the rise in obesity rates is related to the growing price disparity between healthy and unhealthy foods, then the current strategies for obesity prevention may need to be revised. Encouraging low-income families to consume healthier but more costly foods to prevent future disease can be construed as an elitist approach to public health. Limiting access to inexpensive foods through taxes on frowned upon fats and sweets is a regressive measure. The broader problem may lie with growing disparities in incomes and wealth, declining value of the minimum wage, food imports, tariffs, and trade. Evidence is emerging that obesity in America is a largely economic issue.”
Greensboro Christian Church’s First Thursday dinners for the homeless and hungry start back up on Thursday, September 1st. Pick-up for those who need a ride will be at 5:30pm at the downtown library. The dinner is at 6pm at the church, at 3232 Yanceyville Street. The free dinners are held the first Thursday night of each month during the school year.
>> Read about all of GCC’s outreach ministries here.
In June, Urban Ministry officials say they helped 2,369 individuals filling 997 food orders with 1,613 bags of food as part of their emergency food program. That was an increase of 632 people from May. Emergency food orders are running an average of a 20% increase for the previous months.
In addition, the organization is seeing higher traffic at its Potter’s House Community Kitchen, especially children
Greensboro was rated 4th among 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) with the highest rates of food hardship in the US in 2010. Greensboro Urban Ministry’s numbers suggest that the situation has worsened.