As a nation, we’re slowly realizing that whole, fresh foods are good for you and that cooking at home can save you money and provide you with better nutrition.
Overall, this is a great trend. It’s becoming easier and more common to get fresh food, whole foods, local foods, and organic foods.
Unfortunately, though, this shift in culture has also begun to produce a toxic byproduct: better-than-thou attitudes and judgments about low-income people’s decisions about food.
“Why do they waste their money on junk food?” “Why doesn’t she cook for her children?” “Ugh, look, he’s buying his toddler a Happy Meal.”
Many of us have thought things like this or heard other people say things like this. We are very concerned with how poor people (or people we assume are poor) spend money on food.
YES. A MILLION TIMES, THIS.
Unfortunately, I see more and more food snobbery in social media every day. I try to eat as much fresh, healthy food as I can (because I honestly enjoy it), but I sometimes have to resort to eating that last box of generic mac & cheese that was donated to me by caring friends & family even if I don’t feel like eating it, because that’s pretty much all I have left in the house that can be made into a meal at the time.
More importantly, why am I feeling the need to justify my food choices to anyone??! I’m pretty sick of having to give people excuses for my poverty-related issues. I’M TIRED, in general, oh underprivileged/marginalized groups having to excuse their existence to majority groups.
If you have the privilege to eat WHATEVER you want, WHENEVER you want, then YOU. ARE. PRIVILEGED. Consider that whenever you scorn someone’s non-organic, non-free-range, non-artisan food options — and they ARE OPTIONS, not necessarily choices.