Saturday, June 12, 2010
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
So, I got this little flyer in the mail for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, with a little picture of what foods to leave for the mailman to pick up. I got a little sarcastic feeling about it, so I'm going to write about it.
Stamp Out Hunger is sponsored by Campbell's, and, well, just look in the bag to see who else is in on it. This is a very logical move for these companies. They have storable items that would easily be donated to a food bank and it would increase sales; nothing wrong with that.
What I do have a problem with is that all these foods are loaded with MSG: Campbell's anything, Swanson chicken broth, Goldfish, etc. Are we really doing poor people a favor by giving them this junk? Thankfully, at the bottom of the page I have a picture of what was actually donated, and its not Campbell's. It appears to be fruits and vegetables. Phew!
Back to doing them a favor or not: after learning what I've learned about MSG, I'm going to avoid it like the plague. Now, if I was a hurricane Katrina victim, three days after the flood, and I was starving, sure, I would gobble that stuff right up, thankfully; but, if it was 3 months, or even 1, after the flood and I was still being offered that stuff, I would be horrendously offended, and say, "Hey, this is America. If I'm going to get charity, give me some real food!" (even though I know this is what the majority of us are eating).
So, this is especially pertinent for food storage. Food storage items, unless carefully planned, are loaded with MSG!
To be perfectly honest, maybe it is wise to actually add a bag of MSG to food storage. Afraid your kids (or you) won't want to eat foodstorage when it actually comes down to it? Hey, just sprinkle some MSG on it, and that yucky food will taste wonderful! (It'll kill a few brain cells in the meantime, but when it comes to survival...)