I’m Starving

images78How often have you said these words “I’m starving” most of us say this to mean we haven’t eaten either for a few hours or all day, we don’t actually mean we haven’t eaten anything for days.

Again it’s something else we don’t talk about poverty and hunger, mental illness, living with chronic pain, homelessness, we all know they exist but depending on your viewpoint it comes down to how well you wish to be informed about these issues which are very prevalent within our society.

I’ve been hungry, not something I’d ever experienced, but when I was first homeless and had no money, it could be 3-4 days before I’d eat anything let alone something substantial, you see I’d taken food for granted.

You see I’d never been poor either, oh I’ve been broke and struggled to make ends meet sometimes, but I’m talking about no money, hard to imagine isn’t it, so what with homelessness and poverty mixed together, it makes you realise something, it’s not just something you see on the news, you remember as kids you were told all about the starving kids in Africa, you had to think yourself very fortunate to be having anything at all.

Picture if you will being homeless I’m not just talking about myself, your wandering around and you watch people eating through the windows of restaurants, you watch as people throw away half eaten sandwiches,burgers, push half eaten meals away, when you go to a friends for dinner and it’s all you can do to stop yourself gobbling down the food in front of you.

When a friend orders food, you can’t because you have no money, your embarrassed to asked if they would buy you something to eat and you watch as they devour every mouthful, your stomach clawing at your spine, as you watch every swallow almost tasting the food, it just doesn’t occur to some to offer you anything, why because they’ve never been hungry, not that they should feel guilty about that, it just never happened.

GandhiI’m a feeder when you come to my home, the first thing offered is food and a drink, and often send people home with packages, because I don’t believe in waste and sometimes if I know someone doesn’t have much, at least they’ll have something to eat.

I always get especially cross when I think of children and with new benefit cuts many more families in the UK will be living below the poverty line, how can this be in 2015 the 6th richest country in the world has people living in abject poverty, it hardly seems possible but it is.

With further cuts coming, not only will the poor become poorer those who are on disability will have huge cuts, which means there has to be a choice between water, gas, electricity, food, which is the most important which one can you do without.

Even if you have both adults working they are still having to depend on food banks,because they don’t have enough money, it’s not that I blame the government (I’m pissed off that no bankers went to prison for gambling away our futures) and I don’t agree that benefits should be a lifestyle, however people depend on their benefits as a way to survive and that’s all you’re doing, and I fear even greater homelessness and poverty for the future.

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Supermarkets throw away some 30,000 tonnes of food in the first half of last year and yet people are starving, it makes no sense and is completely unacceptable, obscene, yet all the major supermarkets are reporting similar figures.

Arash Derambarsh    has campaigned for French supermarkets to give unsold foods to charity, Tescos a few weeks ago also agreed to do the same thing, hopefully our other big brands will follow suit.

My analogy to all this is the Facebook game Farmville, I used to play this, but got to thinking with all this farming we were doing even though virtual, we planted we harvested, we made produced, and shared it amongst our many farm friends, as I got through the various levels and actually had quite a large farm it occurred to me if this was real we could probably feed the world.

Have you ever been hungry

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I returned to this blog in September 2014, after a 2 year absence, due to depressive illness and homelessness. This journey charts the rocky road to recovery and my feelings about it, and getting a home together after losing everything, this too has been a rocky rocky, both things connected on many levels, but separate at the same time. If you want to know more please read my blog:) and comment on any blog you like I enjoy the interaction, and belong to a great community on here. Thanks for reading.:)
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12 Responses to I’m Starving

  1. JC says:

    it is hard to believe that in the year 2015 we are still talking about hunger, with so much food thrown away.

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  2. Tessa says:

    It is pretty illegal here in the US to give away food to the homeless. They put it in the dumpters. That includes restaurants and factories. Tons of food that could feed the homeless. Sinful.

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  3. lizzie1322 says:

    You are right many people say they are starving when they have no idea how that feels. Through struggles depression and body dismorphia I have experienced days to weeks without food so although the circumstances are completely different I’m with you on the pain of real hunger.

    I’m so glad some supermarkets are starting to do something about the vast waste of perfectly decent food while so many struggle to afford to feed themselves and their families! You are right people really need to start talking about and tackling issues like these

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    • We do need to talk about these subjects as we all in one way and another are victims of austerity, and I’ve no idea how we can tackle it, all I do know is that people in 2015 UK should not be starving and living below the poverty line.

      Thanks for your feedback:)

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  4. Cat says:

    It makes no sense to me that people are starving at the other end of the world, let alone our own children in the UK. I will never forget sitting down to watch a programme, “children of poverty” I expected to see children in another country, but they were kids living in the UK and going to school hungry and then we shamefully waste food and tap water. In years to come, people will look back and laugh at how we used to flush our toilet with drinking water.

    Yes, I’ve been in poverty (still am) and I have been hungry and dependent on other feeding me. It is a worry what will happen next with benefits under this Gov. I am not for us being a benefit culture, but people have no other choice (like me) to depend on that welfare

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    • I feel so sorry for those who will be caught up in the next round of benefit cuts, it’s disgusting to literally force people into poverty, not everyone on benefits is a scrounger and they always seem to focus on this.

      Poverty is the UK is like going back to the Victorian era, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it, and it also galls me that the powers that be prefer to to abject poverty and people sleeping rough to prove their point that austerity is necessary, they seem to forget that many were already on the downside, and now will disappear into the ether as services etc will be cut or axed.

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      • Cat says:

        I must admit, while I am aware of proposed cuts to disability, I’m not sure exactly what cuts they mean, I’ve been too afraid to look

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  5. dimdaze says:

    I have never been truly hungry, not for food anyway. That said, I have been hungry for money, a place to live, and work.

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  6. Gale Wright says:

    We were hungry when we first started out as adults with minimum wage jobs and a baby to raise. My husband and I each worked in restaurants for a time and would eat at work. Sometimes my husband would eat off the plates of food that customers couldn’t finish and hadn’t wanted to bring home with them. I don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t worked in restaurants at that time. I would get so angry when we went to relatives’ houses for dinner and they didn’t offer for us to take home the leftovers and just kept them for themselves. We got very, very skinny during those months. Thirty years later, when I lost my job, my mind went right back to those days of being hungry and I stocked up our freezer and obsessed about food because I was afraid it would be like before. I guess it had quite an impact on my mind…..

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    • Working in restaurants when hungry is a good thing, I’ve worked for food not money quite a few times over the last couple of years.

      I never grew up hungry and would never imagine eating off customers plates, and we don’t really notice the sheer waste until we ourselves have nothing, and it’s not easy to ask someone to buy you groceries etc.

      It pisses me off sometimes with friends when they throw leftovers away knowing you don’t have much and too proud to ask, but they never seem to offer anyway,even worse with family.

      I lost a huge amount of weight and people commented, I just said I’d cut down, and would not recommend starving to loose weight in that way, it’s had a huge impact on me and think food waste is such a blight on our society when so many have nothing.

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