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Local food pantries collaborate to provide healthy food

I never comment on LJ World, but this time I had to. Katara, earlier you seemed upset with Jeremy for his communication techniques. I can see why his words might come across as condescending, but I don't think that is his intention at all. He seems to be genuinely concerned that you’re upset. I’m only defending him on this because last summer I emailed Jeremy when I was struggling and had questions about the food pantry. He was very kind in his reply, which made a humbling situation much easier to deal with. Katara, I also really appreciate you posting about fresh produce. There are terrible & false stereotypes that "poor" people only eat junk food. If I receive fresh produce from Just Food I will think of your kind post encouraging people to donate. Everyone, I am not proud that I need assistance, but sometimes you have to swallow your pride & accept help. I grew up very poor. My mother would not accept assistance. I remember being hungry for much of my childhood. I do not want my daughter to suffer like that. I also want to break the cycle of poverty I was born into. I’ve worked very hard to get accepted into nursing school & I guarantee you, Cant_have_it_both_ways, that receiving groceries does not make me more dependent. It actually does the opposite. Accepting a monthly bag of groceries assures that I can provide for my daughter, so that I don’t have to drop out of school to work a minimum wage job and still need assistance. I don’t want to be a nurse because it’s a secure job or because I want to work 12 hour shifts for a lower middle-class salary or because I enjoy working around vomit, feces, & blood. I chose nursing because I want to be a part of a profession where I can help people and make a difference in their life. I want to work in hospice, mental health, or at a veteran’s hospital or with elderly patients. I feel this way because these people are at a disadvantage and need advocates who will fight for them & work hard to give them the care that they deserve. I want to be a nurse so that I can have a positive impact on society, but some of you just view me as a burden. Here is what I have to say to all of you who feel this way: When I am a nurse and you come to me for care, I will not judge you. Instead I will give you the same high quality of care and attention that I give all my patients because I am filled with love and compassion and forgiveness. I do not believe in judging others and that includes those of you who make uninformed, spiteful remarks about people who are less fortunate. Thank you, Just Food, for all of your assistance. I am truly appreciative of everything you do for my daughter and me. I can’t wait until I can donate food to your organization instead of taking food from it. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of you who donate. I can personally assure you that you really are making a difference in someone's life. Now, I have to get back to studying. No winter break for me, nursing school is tough!!

December 29, 2012 at 6:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )