Reconsidering Charity

food bank This is the time of year when we are reminded of charitable needs. Mark Winne, who used to work for the food bank system in Connecticut, wrote a poignant article last week in the Washington Post. In it he suggests that there may be something intrinsically ‘wrong’ with much charitable giving:

The risk is that the multibillion-dollar system of food banking has become such a pervasive force in the anti-hunger world, and so tied to its donors and its volunteers, that it cannot step back and ask if this is the best way to end hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

You can read the rest of the article here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/16/AR2007111601213.html

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  1. #1 by ambrosia on November 29, 2007 - 4:35 am

    You said–“I was getting them mixed up with the mudslides in the Sierras that fall ON houses.”

    The mud slides I know of that fell on houses were in what the Beach Boys call Ventura County Line, at the coast, and I can’t think of the actual name but we passed the place dozens of times on the way to Mama’s house. You can buy those little bananas there–we did, what a waste of money. A buck a pound for a little banana that leaves your mouth feeling yucky.

    The other place with major mudslides is in the San Bernardino mountains–or what some affectionately call Lake Arrowhead or Rim of the World, but is actually at the top of Waterman Avenue, in what is strangely enough, called Waterman Canyon, which is supposed to possess eerie powers.

    Maybe Santa will bring you a map of California for Christmas, Christian.

    The offensive part was that I posted some California disaster humor to you as an email–and I thought if a person who just lost their home in a fire read it, it might hurt their feelings.
    But since I am a California disaster, I can say it–Fires and earthquakes and slides (oh my) fires and earthquakes and slides (oh my). I got that from KNX, the SoCal equal of WTOP radio (I think), or Channel 7, Los Angeles, the SoCal equal of WJLA.

  2. #2 by ambrosia on November 29, 2007 - 4:39 am

    Isn’t it Dan Quayle? Quail are little birds that roam around the sliding mountains in California–what you culinares call Squabs.

    BTW? What horrid fact about George Bush Sr. did Dan Quayle know, to gain the VP bid in 1988?

    A safe place to live? New Mexico or Utah–as long as you have enough water, or are far away from the northeast corner, where tornadoes might be a problem.

  3. #3 by ambrosia on November 29, 2007 - 4:45 am

    The Muslide town is just south of Summerland, a haunt of Slick Willy’s (what is the name of that place?)

    Rincon is the Beach, the map says Punta, but I know another name exists, besides Mudslide Town. Maybe Surfside? I know the next time I pass by there I’ll think of Chris.

  4. #4 by ambrosia on November 29, 2007 - 4:56 am

    P. S. What is the Squibbler?

  5. #5 by lovewillbringustogether on November 29, 2007 - 9:33 pm

    Tornados? I thought they were European Steak cuts?

    Or Am I thinking of torreadors?? 😉

    As for New Orleans – while Chris’s Geography lesson is perfectly accurate vis-a-vis the mighty meandering and restrictedly mobile Mississipp – i was really wanting to point out that it is the well-off and affluent who have their homes restored there in N.O., in spite of the obvious and imminent danger, while those that most can’t give two cents for have their properties left to be reclaimed by nature. A very sad lesson of just what the US and George and the Republican’s stand for (and won’t stand for) indeed.

    P.S Perth WA is built on a coastal plain that is ALL sand, my house is also built thereon. I’m prepared to bet it lasts longer than i do. It certainly has so far and i am around half way through 🙂

    I do not advocate building Anything on foundations that are in any way ‘shifting’ or always changing.

    love

  6. #6 by Christian on January 5, 2008 - 10:37 pm

    Buddy O has an interesting post on Rev22 that touches on this topic:

    http://rev22.org/index.php/archives/106

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