Laura Scott’s commentary regarding childhood obesity and hunger (6/2, Local, “Obese poor children need better nutrition”) was right on several points — anyone who’s ever been on the Atkins diet knows steak is more expensive than mac and cheese — but she missed the boat when referring to Harvesters as a food pantry.
Technically speaking, Harvesters is not a food pantry but a huge food bank that provides food to more than 500 member agencies throughout our region. It is true that, like small food pantries, Harvesters does collect food, but it also distributes nearly 2 million pounds of food each month, which requires a large warehouse, equipment, professional staff, hundreds of volunteers and complex distribution and inventory systems.
My recommendation would be to support the hungry (oops, the politically correct term is “food insecure”) in our city with monetary donations at www.harvesters.org.
Skip that latte every Friday and donate $20 a month to support feeding kids in Kansas City.