$50 Food Project Image 8
Jean-Marie Lee, Digital Photo, 2016
PLOGS BELOW (JML's Poetic Commentary)
Being on the Team
I was recently asked by a friend
why and how I could be happy
about eating at a soup kitchen
and not feel bad about eating the
food. I had to introspect about
what her question was really about
and I also reflected about the first
time I was invited to eat a public
In the early 1990's I swam on a
swim team and the swim club was
directly behind my elementary school.
My mother also taught at the school
and she asked all of us swimming
one day to go eat lunch in the school
cafeteria. Summer school had not
fully started and the cafeteria had
prepared lunches for about 100 students
and only 10 students were eating.
So, there were about 20 of us swimming
and we went to eat. We ate what appeared
to be a regular cafeteria style meal. Later,
my mother informed my brother, sister and
I that we would be eating the cafeteria meal
everyday and that she would appreciate us
bringing as many friends as possible to help
keep the summer lunch program open for
the kids who had not started school.
What I realized was that often lunch and meal
programs at schools and other programs
are often funded according to the number
of people in need. And as a child, I was asked
to stand in for kids in need who had not arrived
just yet so that they would have a meal when
they did arrive.
All of the soup kitchens that I have attended
have had left overs. In America, we often take
the abundance of food in our country for granted.
And having food to eat no matter how great or
small is always a necessity and a blessing.
Plog Post: Monday, August 22, 2016