Some of my good friends are posting a link to a blog story indignantly pointing to a food drive being held in a WalMart store in Ohio, to benefit fellow associates in need during the holiday season. (The food drive was initiated by the associates at the store, not as a corporate program). There’s a suggestion therein that this would never occur in a place that paid a “living wage.”
I’m not here to either defend or pass judgment on WalMart’s wages. That discussion occurs in plenty of other places.
However. Circumstances place people in need. Those circumstances can turn on almost anyone, anywhere.
The implication that a “decent” workplace would never have employees with food insecurity is just wrong, and I might suggest dangerous for those with an interest in fighting hunger. Using this particular situation to sling a spear at WalMart does a great disservice to everyone in the hunger movement trying to combat a myriad of misplaced stereotypes about food insecurity.
Let me repeat: Food insecurity can be present in any workplace.
Take a close look around your own circle; at your own workplace, your friends and family, and in the places you do business. You’ll likely be surprised to find people in real need if you dig deeply enough. Then, I might suggest, do what the associates at this WalMart store did. Take action to help out.
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