Tis the season of giving...
1st November 2016
We spend a lot of time talking about food and wellbeing at Diamond Dance because it’s so damn important for our health (and our poling.) But as Christmas approaches, in the spirit of giving let’s for a moment spare a thought for those who might be experiencing “food stress”. No, not the stress of “pavlova” or “Christmas pudding”, food stress refers to difficulty in accessing affordable and healthy food options.
In Australia this might be access to affordable food for those on lower incomes in cities, or those struggling to afford the higher costs of fresh fruit and vegetables in regional and remote communities where choices are scarce, and food has travelled an additional 1000-odd km to reach the local general store. At Christmas time social pressures to put on a big feast, along with other festivities, can make this stress feel much worse than it is. Overseas, this might be one of millions of people living on less than $2 a day (this is adjusted for local figures by the way, so that’s the equivalent $2 in Australian Dollars, in Australia.) It’s incredible to think that in this day and age, Vitamin A deficiency in children is still a leading cause of disability and not everyone has access to clean water.
Helping out doesn’t need to be hard, many charities offer collection points at shopping centres, schools and other locations and charities are out in force this time of year to help direct your money to those in need. But if you want to give (go you!) here are some tips to ensure your donations are providing the most use and joy.
- Think about why you’re giving and give appropriately
Want to donate tinned food? Awesome. But please don’t give your out-of-date tins, and all the tinned beetroot that you bought but never ate. If you can’t/don’t want to eat it, chances are no one else does either. Sorry!
2. Give a man a fish…
He eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for … as long as there are fish in the ocean. There is a difference between how particularly internationally focussed charities distribute their money. Feeding a child is great and all, but what happens after that meal? Look for organisations which address the bigger issues of food access, like supporting people to set-up successful farming practices.
3. Just do it!
Like most things in life, it’s easy to find excuses not to do something… even when we really want to. So here, we’ve made it easy because why wait until the new year to be awesome when you can be awesome today?
Click this link --> http://www.ozharvest.org/give-a-little-love/
Follow the instructions to donate what you can, or to find out more and spread the word!
Ozharvest are an amazing local organisation that rescue food that would otherwise be thrown out, and distribute it to those in need. (Feed people & reduce waste, double win!) Their NEST program also teaches people how to eat healthy on a budget, but like anything they need money for those pesky overheads and admin costs. So if you think you can spare it, go for it!