I went grocery shopping the other day. When I got to the meat counter, there was a fairly long line of shoppers ahead of me and it looked like the butcher had his hands full. Was he cutting and trimming an entire side of beef? No, not quite but he was working with a lot of meat. It turned out to be for the guy standing directly in front of me. A second butcher had to be called back from his break just to handle the situation.
Now, I like to stroll when I go grocery store, rushing always makes me forget things and grab a lot of stuff that I really don’t need. Anyway, as I started walking out of the store I saw the meat counter guy walking just ahead of me. Out of nowhere came a store employee (he looked like one of the baggers) – we moved swiftly past me and right up to the side of the meat counter guy’s cart. They didn’t speak to one another. But, they did look at one another. The employee took hold of the shopping cart, both men paused at the threshold of the door. “Meat counter” left go. He never looked up and he didn’t look back. The contents of the cart were really basic – some produce, a gallon of milk and of course the meat.
I was momentarily stunned. Next, I felt incredibly sad and embarrassed. Before I could gather my wits enough to remember that I should tell “Meat Counter” about the Meals4Hunger Feed a Family Program he was out of sight. I was impressed with the way the store employee recovered the basket of food. He retrieved the store’s property while at the same time allowing “Meat Counter” to maintain a small amount of self-respect
I see the faces of hunger every single day in my work with Meals4Hunger, but it still affects me the same. And, I happy that it does. I don’t ever want to become desensitized or to lose my passion to right the wrong of food insecurity in the land of plenty.