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  •  We used to get govt surplus cheese (3+ / 0-)

    at my girl scout camp. It was infamous. Mac and cheese on Fridays because we had one Catholic girl in camp. (We were virtually all Jewish).

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    by anastasia p on Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 06:24:14 PM PST

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    •  I used to buy Govt. cheese (1+ / 0-)
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           from a wino, I thought it was good cheese.

    •  That was good cheese. The peanut butter was also (3+ / 0-)
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      very good. The butter was the best and made the best cakes and cookies.

      I was a child living with my father's mother in Buffalo NY when we were getting surplus food.  Those white beans that they called "Kennedy" beans were excellent as was the spam.  My great grandmother, who was part Creek, used to make buttermilk out of the powdered milk, then use the buttermilk to make great biscuits.

      Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14

      by 99 Percent Pure on Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 07:26:10 PM PST

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      •  I can't stand that stuff anymore. (0+ / 0-)

        I sampled a cheese dip made from that American block cheese at the grocery store a while back.  It tasted okay, but it also triggered memories of childhood poverty and shame.  I don't want my kids to ever know that feeling.

        •  Growing up in poverty stood me in good (0+ / 0-)
          stead since because of unemployment, at 55, I'm back where I was in early childhood. I know how to be abased and how to abound: everywhere, in everything, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

          There's no shame in being poor or growing up poor, except that which is imposed by society and media. In fact, my older brother and I talk about how we didn't realize we were poor for the first decade or so of our lives, since we lacked for nothing and our peers were just as poor and sometimes poorer. Except for the few years we spent in Buffalo, we grew up black and poor in the Deep South, the so-called Bible Belt. In our poverty, we learned self-sufficiency and how to survive in tough times, and I'm glad we were taught those things at a very young age because I'm living through these tough times without any income in the last two months--no savings and only a meager grant--yet I have a roof over my head, food to eat and so far my utilities are paid. Because of the poverty in my early years, I know how to live well on little. Even during the many full years of my life, I lived within my means, something that few Americans know how to do.

          But I don't eat processed cheese food--Velveeta, Cheese Wiz and the like--either. :-)

          Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14

          by 99 Percent Pure on Sun Nov 08, 2009 at 08:16:31 AM PST

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