With absolutely nothing on TV to watch I ended up watching Extreme Couponing. While what they can do is amazing and a few families donated thousands of dollars worth of food to Feeding America, a few thoughts come to mind.
There are no coupons for the products people eating truly healthy need to buy such as grass fed meats, organic produce and fruits etc. Coupons are almost exclusively processed foods.
While I admire their commitment to giving to food banks etc, what nutritional value is 1200 bottles of Lipton Ice Tea going to provide or 50 cases of pasta sauce and thousands of packages of pasta products? Yes, it's better than people going hungry but, it still bothered me.
I have often given money to food banks or brought stuff to church on days they collect. When I have given in the last 5 years, it's been organic tomato sauce, organic soups or bags of quinoa. In the case of the hungry, is quality or quantity more important?
Besides the food bank issues, most of these couponers are obese yet they have carts full of chips and soda and candy and sweet cereal. This really truly bothers me. I'm not "judging" them for being obese, however, I don't think there is really an adult who doesn't know that that crap contributes to the problem. Is a bargain really worth dying for?
Just some things they showed:
An entire basement full of over 4000 2 liter bottles of soda. Hundreds of bottles of stinky laundry detergent, air fresheners and sprays, cleaning products, fluoride laden toothpaste. I could go on and on. Yes, preparedness is one thing but this really exemplified what is wrong with our food supply and our ideas of clean. The whole thing just kinda gave me a sick feeling.