We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My son Gavin's Cub Scout Pack 774 worked their little butts off in April to collect food for the Community Resource Center's food bank. The Encinitas City Council just honored them last night, the first 6 1/2 minutes of this video. Give the Cubs a Urrragh!
There are something like 17 federal government programs to feed the hungry.
I have had this debate with blogger Tigerhawk in the past. He maintains that there are people that slip through the holes in the safety net and thus the privately run food pantries are crucial.
I wonder if people simply exploit the food pantries? Suppose you have a good job and don't qualify for federal/state assistance but you gamble away the grocery money? Should food pantries feed such people? It is not their kids' fault that pop gambled and/or drank up the grocery money. You can behave irresponsibly if you know the food pantry is there to backstop you. I have a problem donating food to people who take it because they can.
I don't know the answer.
In the abstract, I believe that religions and charities should feed the hungry and not government, so I think the food drive does teach Bruce's son and his peers the right lesson.
A good group of young men. Some will be doctors and some will be workmen, but all will know what it is to be an American and give help where it is needed. They don't know the details of foodstamps, but they helped where they saw that it was needed.