Last week, Amanda Keown received a call from her son, Dominic at school saying he couldn’t receive lunch because of an outstanding ($4.95 balance) owed on his lunch account, not only was he denied, the school publicly posted his name, and the names of other students with outstanding balances, in the cafeteria for all to see. Amanda went up to the school and paid off her sons balance as well as the rest of the students with outstanding balances. 

While what Amanda did is a commendable deed, there’s a much larger issue here, and I’d like to use this as a teachable moment on the issues of hunger, food justice, food insecurity and food waste.

Do we realize, as a nation, how REAL food insecurity is in America? I know we realize it in other countries, but we need to understand the impact here, at home! 

1 in 5 american children suffer from hunger. In 2012, 49 million people in the U.S. lived in households struggling to find enough food to eat, nearly 16 million in those households were children. Children are less likely to have access to sufficient food than adults are because they don’t have the same access to money as we do, this makes school lunches so important, because they are a primary source of food for MANY children in America. So when children go to school expecting to eat and are denied lunch, that could mean going without food for an entire day. No child school go without food at school, EVER. 

Not only did they not let him eat, they THREW HIS FOOD AWAY. This is not the 1st time that a school has denied a child lunch and/or thrown the lunch away. In April, a middle school in Massachusetts refused to feed & threw away the lunches of 25 students who missed payments. A survey of Minnesota public schools in February found that 94% of districts in 2013 deprived kids of food in some way for not having enough money.

We can’t expect our nations kids to perform well in schools when they’re being denied the only source of nutrition they receive throughout the day. And hunger has REAL implications. I’m an adult and I cant concentrate when I’m hungry, so I can only imagine how that feeling is magnified for a child that’s hungry in school. How can our kids be great when our school systems say a $4.95 outstanding food balance means more to them than the sound of hunger echoing in their students stomachs. And don’t get me wrong, the school lunches are not the greatest, but when it’s your ONLY source of food/nutrition, it’s a necessity!

#tbt to when I was probably 5 or 6 months pregnant. Sometimes I wish I could go back and do my pregnancy over and eat healthy and exercise and get way more maternity pictures but Layne wouldn’t be who he is now if I went back and changed things. Everything happens for a reason.

#tbt to when I was probably 5 or 6 months pregnant. Sometimes I wish I could go back and do my pregnancy over and eat healthy and exercise and get way more maternity pictures but Layne wouldn’t be who he is now if I went back and changed things. Everything happens for a reason.


Cody has been laid off the whole month which has been very stressful. We saved up enough to cover the big bills like the house and cilco. We are waiting for his unemployment and hopefully we will be good until he goes back to work in August.

Our car needs new breaks which we don’t have money for since Cody isn’t working so we will have to charge those to my credit card. We’ve been trying to get out of debt but it seems that almost impossible unless we downgrade to a smaller house and I go back to work. Neither of those will happen though. I’ll be getting a part time job in the fall to save up some money for Christmas and such. Then hopefully next year I can start going to school at night.

We decided to start looking for a Prius in August when Cody goes back to work since we’ve been spending a lot in gas from driving a lot.

My laptop is fried and it’s going to be $650 to fix it at a non apple company which is far cheaper than having apple fix it. Not having my nice laptop makes a lot of things harder, like putting pictures and music on my phone. I lost all my fonts and all my printables I had saved. My laptop will probably have to wait until we get our tax return in like march.

We decided to start using some of the rescued fruit for canning. Making jelly, jam, and butters. We will probably try to sell them to make a little extra cash which will probably go towards Layne’s savings.

We got our toilet and pipe unclogged again for the second time this year and haven’t had any problems with it. But now the drain my washer goes in doesn’t drain again, so I have to wash my laundry all janky and put the hose in a bucket and pay attention to the water and take it outside and dump the bucket. It’s like our house is cursed and there always has to be something wrong with it.

Thankfully our food budget is basically as low as can be. We don’t have to buy much just mostly milk and thanks for Layne like nuggets and yogurt. We have large garage freezer full of meat, fruit, and veggies. I applied for link and got denied because they go off of what Cody makes before taxes which I think is insane. We don’t even see that $300-600 every two weeks that gets taken out for his dues, his loan, and taxes. I was told he makes about $119 to much. There are so many things wrong with this world. I’m not to bothered by it though cause there are people who need link far more than we do but it still would have been helpful.

Layne is such a sweet boy but lately he’s been throwing fits and arguing a lot. I’m really not sure what to do with him since I’ve tried ignoring it, babying him, being stern with him, and being super loving and nothing seems to work. I’m hoping it’s just the terrible twos and he will out grow it.

I’m incredibly jealous of anyone who can so easily be in love and enjoy their partner. I can’t even express my feelings or who I am without feeling like I’ve just made things worse anymore.

I haven’t been in a good place in a long time and anymore I can’t remember what it’s like to just be me and be happy.

I can’t think of much else to say right now and no one reads these anyways.