That was just one comment that I heard yesterday in Asda.
Our plans were changed at the last minute so I was able to go to Asda in Wisbech and do a shop for the food bank.
Most people were popping a can or two into the trolley just outside the shop entrance. However there were a few who became quite aggressive, one man in his forties went into a rant about "foreigners" "workshy" "idle" and so on, his wife actually slapped him she was so upset.
It was not quite the bad thing that it seemed to be , people stopped to see what was occurring, conversations were started and I think that the calm comments from the collectors had a positive effect. While filling my trolley I heard several people saying that they would spend £5 fot the food bank, more were saying "stick 2 of them in for that lot outside"
Francesca came with me, before we ventured into the heaving throng that is Asda on a Saturday afternoon, we asked the volunteers what they were short of. They needed tinned fruit, so we went straight to it, we just went along the shelf and put 6 of most things into the trolley. I did not choose grapefruit and prunes because as always I shopped with children in mind.
Once I had a decent haul of fruit I added topping and custard mixes, instant whips and 2 boxes of UHT semi skimmed milk.
I managed to fill one of the small trolleys for just under £20, the price of a "meal" in any fast food establishment I would think, I can not be sure as I do not use any of them but see the occasional advert on the TV.
I also arranged to drop in on Monday afternoon to see how the operation works.
I work in the ready made salad industry and if I find that they could use salads if freshly delivered I will be approaching our "big cheese" and asking for donations. I am happy to collect from work on Monday and Fridays and then take straight to the food bank.
Oh and the answer to the title question is, that is the wrong question. It should be why should I not feed them.
No one should be hungry in this world, I have to look at myself in the mirror every morning, and I want to like what I see.
I am fortunate, I have always worked, I have never known hunger, I have never been destitute, equally I have never been rolling in money. I have a warm comfortable home, my cupboards are full, my fridges and freezers are full.
I can afford to bulk buy good offers.
I can cook a meal from scratch.
I have choice.
Those three points are vital, the first two save a great deal of money and the third is the result of the first two.
When you have no money you also have no choice, no hope and can see no way out.
Poverty saps your strength, dulls the mind and grinds away at self respect.
I can think of nothing worse than seeing your children hungry.
On that note I will finish, I think that my list of grateful things would be inappropriate today.