Six Summer Personal Care Items You Never Thought To Donate

While it is not technically summer, the 84 degree weather (in Pittsburgh) has me thinking about things like finding my flip-flops, setting out the deck furniture and maybe even planting stuff that grows. I might get ambitious and carry my winter coats to the attic this weekend. Just another ritual in the day to day change of seasons, right?...more

Guidelines and Prep for Living on $1.50 per Day

I am participating in Live Below the Line, a fundraiser for various charities that challenges people to live on $1.50 worth of food and drink per day for five days. I am raising money for UNICEF....more

Pledging to Live Below the Poverty Line for Five Days

I signed up today to participate in Live Below the Line, a challenge to raise awareness and funds to help some of the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty. I've pledged to live on food and drink that cost no more than $1.50 per day for five days. The challenge is from April 28 through May 2....more

We know what the problem is: food deserts and tough conversations

So I found this article, and the title gave me pause:  “Food Deserts aren’t the problem”. deserts are not a problem?  “Getting fresh fruits and vegetables into poor neighborhoods doesn’t make poor people healthier”?  Studies, you say?  Ok, let’s hang on a minute....more

Feed A Need Participates In Give Miami Day 2013

I am so honored to be involved with the amazing organization, Feed A Need, Inc. and I am happy to support them this year on Give Miami Day! Feed A Need, Inc. provides food and complementary supportive services to help people achieve food security....more

I Don't Often Quote Richard Nixon...

I don't often quote Richard Nixon. In fact, I think today was a first. Back in the days of his Presidency, Nixon wrote a letter saying that it was "embarrassing and intolerable" that there should be hunger and malnutrition is such a land of plenty as ours was and still is.American farmers produce about 3,900 calories for each man, woman, and child in this country, almost twice the recommended caloric intake for an adult. So why do so many people -- one in seven Americans -- not get enough?...more

What Would a Million Dollars Worth of Tampons Look Like?

The Prompt: If you found one million dollars in the morning and had to spend it by nightfall, what would you do with the money?This is not a big challenge.1. I’d pay off my outstanding debts – I guess I’d have to use online banking. Hmmm.I wonder if there’s a contingency for paying but the  money not being removed from the bank by nightfall?2. Here’s the boring part – I’d take all the rest and immediately invest in some sort of retirement account.So let’s change the rules -  what would I do if I had to literally spend it, not invest it?...more

Ethical Eating News Update

There is no shortage of news on Ethical Eating and Sustainability topics these days. I am only able to keep up in fits and starts. I could easily make a full time job out of keeping on top of the worlds of Ethical Eating, Food Justice, and Sustainability and be very happy doing so. One day, maybe, bur for now I have to satisfy myself with merely passing along the wisdom of others....more

How WIC Saved Us

I’m going to keep this (relatively) short and to the point. No ranting. No giving you my opinion of the GOP or politicians in general. I’m not going to be political about this because there really isn’t a point, and there are millions of others out there saturating the Internets with their opinions, anaylysis, anger, bias, and what have you. I’m not going to give you politics. Instead I’ll give you something personal and leave you with a plea for tangible, effective action. ...more
Thank you for sharing this heart wrenching story!  It is so true, as the mother of 3, for the ...more

The Kitchen Think: Expired Food = Cheap Meals

Would you eat food that has expired?There’s a new grocery store/restaurant/teaching kitchen opening next year in Dorchester, Massachusetts that will offer only food that is already past its sell-by date.Is this a bold attempt to make healthy food more affordable and reduce food waste? Or merely another way to make a buck off of those who have few options for shopping elsewhere?...more