The Single Serving

Walking Revolution

by Montgomery Area Food Bank on 05/12/14

(BTW Magnet High School, Creative Writing Magnet)

By: Madison H.   


Do you hear that?

The parting of the Red Sea?

The clashing of Jupiter and Mars?

The cries in Sierra Leone?

That’s my stomach.

Monday through Sunday, I am a habitual liar.

Not because I choose to be,

But on account of my mother’s pride.

I am that Godforsaken stench of neglect.

You walk right over me.

And step on my existence.

My only friends are Hope and Faith.

I roam in search of options

My patience has climbed the mountains

And whispers to God:

“Free me”

You see me but you don’t know me

You don’t quite understand what 50 pounds means to me

You don’t notice my winced face when you put

A full tray of food to its death

I can’t afford hearing your vain whining

My ears are becoming as weary as my malnourished body

Don’t you dare say it’ll be alright

Because the last time I checked

I’ve never seen you quiver in emptiness

Longing for just one bite.

                                                                                                             

 

Madison was part of the BTW Creative Writing Magnet group that toured the Montgomery Area Food Bank for a food project, the project required that the students write about their experiences and we are thrilled to feature them as ‘guest bloggers’ for MAFB.

 The food bank was the last stop for the students; it gave them an opportunity to learn about all sides of the food industry, from farm-to-table initiatives, local restaurants and to organizations like ours, that distribute food and other necessities for those in need throughout the state. The students got a sneak peek at our new warehouse and volunteer service center, and we helped de-bunk some myths about who we serve, how we help, and what hunger in the community looks like.

 If you would like your students to come see our facility, learn more about hunger in Alabama, and how to help ‘Feed Hope’, visit our ‘Contact Us’ page and schedule a tour! Or, you can host a food/fund drive on behalf of MAFB- for more information visit our ‘How to Help’ page.

 A big thank you to Foster Dickson, and the students for their participation and talents! 

Mama, Do What You Can

by Montgomery Area Food Bank on 04/24/14

(BTW Magnet High School, Creative Writing Magnet)

By: Melissa S.                                                                                                                  

Cerelia, last of the five C’s of her family’s little bunch

Caden, Cybil, Chris, Carter

And Cerelia, the littlest C

 

The homely little bunch sat gathered on their floors

Popping shells of purple hull peas

And washing pears which Ms. Washington gave them last Wednesday

Their mother in the squashed kitchen

Divvying the last of the saltines and government cheese among her children

Her sallow face strained from both the thought of her aching stomach

And strained from the thought of her children’s

 

The littlest C, Cerelia, whined an called for her evening suckle

But her mother’s breasts had little left to offer

Shriveled and dry as a sun-beaten fruit tree

At loss of vitality and life which once spurred through her veins

Which once held strong her children in her arms

As the boughs of a fig tree holds strong for its woodland residents

Which once was the provider of health and home

Provider of shelter and supple care

And now cannot provide the most miniscule of provisions

For her malnourished infant

 

The little phantoms drift to and fro beneath her tattered hem

Their baby bones clattering in a game of tag

Nothing more than the presence of straining life

Breathing on asbestos in a crumbling tenement

Drinking muddy water passed through busted pipes

That tastes of tin and stale rat dung

But when that’s all you got for your kids,

You boil it and hope they can suck it down

You hope that the brown doesn’t stain their eyes and their baby bones

You hope that you can find the means to feed

 Five little mouths and maybe, just maybe,

There will be a little left over for you

 

Hunger is their flat-mate, their burden

Hanging to the broken family like fleas or AIDS

Constantly ticking off every bit of life in their decrepit skins

Malnutrition is their nationality

Because when people look, that’s all they see

Not that one wants to be a dog trainer or a princess

But instead, as scrawny little hoodrats

There’s five of them, so their mother probably works the streets

A filthy tramp doing what can to manipulate the system

Mooching off society, they say

Or maybe throwing away their income on dope

Smoking away the vitality of her family

 

They’re all going to grow up crooked as the letter Z

Because their mother starves herself to give her kids a better life

Because she does all she can and asks for help

Because she can’t afford Olive Garden and Starbucks

She must be a bad person

 

Melissa was part of the BTW Creative Writing Magnet group that toured the Montgomery Area Food Bank for a food project, the project required that the students write about their experiences and we are thrilled to feature them as ‘guest bloggers’ for MAFB.

 

The food bank was the last stop for the students; it gave them an opportunity to learn about all sides of the food industry, from farm-to-table initiatives, local restaurants and to organizations like ours, that distribute food and other necessities for those in need throughout the state. The students got a sneak peek at our new warehouse and volunteer service center, and we helped de-bunk some myths about who we serve, how we help, and what hunger in the community looks like.

 

If you would like your students to come see our facility, learn more about hunger in Alabama, and how to help ‘Feed Hope’, visit our ‘Contact Us’ page and schedule a tour! Or, you can host a food/fund drive on behalf of MAFB- for more information visit our ‘How to Help’ page.

 

A big thank you to Foster Dickson, and the students for their participation and talents! 

Part 1: Living Beyond the Food Bank

by Montgomery Area Food Bank on 04/15/14

(BTW Magnet High School, Creative Writing Magnet)

By: Jasmine B.                                                                                                              

Often times, people lose sight of how lucky they are. They’re so focused on how “stupid” their four hundred dollar cell phone is, or how “ugly” the new paint on the wall is, or how “old” and “outdated” their computer is, that they forget that there people out there who don’t have those types of luxuries. The most surprising thing about the entire situation, I think, is realizing that the people closest to you  are struggling quietly; that that same person who always comes to schools with a pair of brand new shoes on is the same person who wakes up to emptiness. No television, no bed, no dressers, no washing machine or drier. Nothing. I know a few of them myself, though I won’t name any names.

 Still, I won’t deny that I have done the exact same thing. So, for me, the field trip to the food bank was an eye-opener. It made me realize that even though I don’t have a lot, I have enough, and should be thankful. When we went to eat (restaurant name omitted), all I could think about was how good the food was and how full I was going to be, never about how much a family in my neighborhood would love to have just a taste of what I had that day, aside from just the food. I had a group of friends around me to share the experience and to make me laugh so in that moment I forgot everything that was going on outside of the restaurant. That type of insight is probably one of the most important things I’ve learned this year. Food is important in everyone’s life, in more reasons than one.

 Jasmine was part of the BTW Creative Writing Magnet group that toured the Montgomery Area Food Bank for a food project. The project required that the students write about their experiences and we are thrilled to feature them as ‘guest bloggers’ for MAFB.

 The food bank was the last stop for the students; it gave them an opportunity to learn about all sides of the food industry, from farm-to-table initiatives, local restaurants and organizations like ours, that distribute food and other necessities for those in need throughout the state. The students got a sneak peek at our new warehouse and volunteer service center, and we helped de-bunk some myths about who we serve, how we help, and what hunger in the community looks like.

If you would like your students to come see our facility, learn more about hunger in Alabama, and how to help ‘Feed Hope’- visit our ‘Contact Us’ page and schedule a tour! Or, you can host a food/fund drive on behalf of MAFB- for more information visit our ‘How to Help’ page.

 A big thank you to Foster Dickson, and the students for their participation and talents! 

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