• Nicola Moore

food insecurity and parenting 101

I did not grow up food insecure however, I experienced food insecurity when I had children of my own. I was a single parent with two babies under each arm and had to find a way for them and myself to have healthy nutritious meals daily.

So I believe the parents of today (by no will of their own) are creating lasting effects on their parenting. I see that when you grow up without enough food; it represents more than just food. For many, there is no car for transportation, no extra money for vacations and family functions are barley attended due to the demand of birthday gifts or food contributions during the holidays. Or imagine you have a grocery cart full of food and your card declines at the grocery store with your kids in the cart. Living with what little they have is a struggle mentally as well.

If you don't have enough money for the necessities, you definitely don't have enough money for the extras. And when you are poor, your definition of extras is different from everyone else. Extras aren't Starbucks coffee and a new sweatshirt; extras are paper towels and toothbrushes.

And I would say to those who worry about not cooking a perfectly balanced home cooked meal, every single time, seven days a week, three times a day; realize how blessed you are for so many (1 in 5 Canadians) are unable to do so. I wish parents could see the amazing things they do though a different lens. Just be proud of how far you've come and take one day at a time. That is all you can do.

Speaking as a parent who's gone through this experience I am grateful to be an Advocate on this topic and share my views with the world. If you'd like to contribute to helping end food insecurity click here.

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