Skip to main content

Letter sent to Libby and L&F Board regarding unhealthy meals that are served

Following is a copy of a letter sent — Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 11:29 AM — to CEO Libby Fernandez and copied to the L&F Board of Directors, relating to the meals that are served by the homeless-help nonprofit. Twenty hours later, I was 86ed for life from the Loaves & Fishes facility. During the short meeting when I was told I was 86ed for Life, I was told that I would not be informed either why I was being 86ed, nor who made the decision.

from  Tom Armstrong email
to  Libby Fernandez email

cc: Bob Pinkerton email
Chris & Dan Delany email
David Leeper Moss email
David Moss email
Don Fado email
"Dorothy R. Smith" email
Gerrie Baskerville email
Karen Banker email
Kathleen Kelly email
Kelly Tanalepy email
LeRoy Chatfield email
Norm Fadness email
Tim Brown email

date  Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 11:29 AM
subject  "15,000 hot healthy meals"

mailed-bygmail.com
Dear Libby,

In a blogpost, just before Independence Day, readers of sacloaves.org are told that, in the month of June, "over 15,000 hot healthy meals" were served by Loaves & Fishes.

Because the Sacramento Loaves & Fishes nonprofit isn't overseen by a government agency, as a elementary school would have to be, there is no solid effort of sustained recording of what's served to know if the meals served in June, or served now, are truly healthy. I submit that the assertion that meals served at Loaves & Fishes are healthy isn't based on much, if any, real evidence.

It is my belief that, from all sources [outside, perhaps, a few determined-to-feed-people-well shelters], homeless people get an overabundance of carbohydrates [in particular simple sugars which are prime causes of diabetes] and salt, and a deficit of wholesome vegetables and, thus, their daily requirements of vitamins and minerals.

Many homeless people can supplement their diets using foodstamps, but here, too, it is difficult to get good, healthy food. Convenience stores are both inordinantly expensive [$1.59 for a 20-oz soda], and stocked with a lot of junk food, and little or no fresh food.

In is my intent, on a sporatic/random basis, to eat at Loaves & Fishes and try to assess the meal and then enter what was provided to me to eat in NutritionData.com's database, which then provides a nutritional assessment of the meal.

If my observations are correct, I suspect that most Loaves & Fishes meals are not adequately healthy, but I would delight in being proved wrong.

I hope you all will follow along as I gather NutritionData.com data, and will consider adjustments to what is served to homeless people by Loaves & Fishes, if there are is too much of this, or too little of that, making meals generally less healthy than they should be.

You will be in a place, having the authority, to improve homeless people's meals, if the evidence suggests it. I hope you'll make changes, when indicated. Afterall, in a real but limited sense, we are what we eat.

Respectfully,

Tom Armstrong
Note that I recently reported on one unhealthy meal: a baglunch passed out in lieu of a hot meal (which wasn't available), last Saturday, which I ended my blogpost by properly calling it "a meal from hell." I understand now, that on Sunday a bag lunch of mostly junk food was given in lieu of a hot meal, too.

Last April, Libby Fernandez told me she "monitors" this blog and "instructed" me to no longer blog about Loaves & Fishes, here. Indeed, outside Sacramento Homeless blog, she has a lock on the unwitting press and doesn't want anything to interfere with her blitzkriegs of donation-gathering.

In response, I posted ten daily articles, from May 1 thru May 10, about what Loaves & Fishes is really like in Sacramento Press.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The devastating effects of schizophrenia in one man's life

A powerful story of the deteriorating life and death of once-respectable Sacramento citizen, Mike Lehmkuhl,  is told by  reporter Cynthia Hubert in Sunday’s [7/31/16] Bee.
Lehmkuhl is described as a very likable guy with a sometimes-goofy personality that went along with a formidable intelligence. He was a “standout wrestler” in high school and an “accomplished gymnast at Sacramento State” where he graduated and then got into the building trade before going on to run a contracting business and have a home proximate to Country Club Plaza.
Friends describe him as being “happy” and “sanguine” at that time in his life, when he was about age 50.
But, by 2011, when Lehmkuhl was 53, he was hearing voices in his head and his life began to fall apart. He tumbled into a homeless life, combatting demons in his head that spoke to him. The Hubert piece provides a comprehensive picture of a good man beset by a devastating condition: schizophrenia. Lehmkuhl had good friends and loyal family members…

Homelessness and Remembrance

This is a follow-up on the matter of remembering homeless people who have died and the Wall that Libby Fernandez wants to build in remembrance of the deceased. [See earlier blogpost "Tell Libby NOT to build her wall."]

This blogpost is prompted by a Philosophy Bites podcast released in the last couple days -- titled "Cécile Fabre on Remembrance." Fabre's take on why we honor or grieve for certain individuals or certain collections of individuals is not greatly helpful -- since his focus is mainly one of fallen war heroes and war casualties -- but it does open up the issue of why should there be a remembrance effort for deceased homeless people at all. Who is served by it? And has the effort been perverted by the avarice of charities in their insatiable drive for donations.

It is, for starters, a curious thing for "homeless people" to be a collective that is honored. I write that NOT because I don't want the best for homeless people. But, homelessn…

The first-person dimension of homeless Sacramentans suffering from Schizophrenia

"Disabilities and dysfunction process from having been shunned and denied access to needed opportunitites and networks of support."
~ the brothers Lysaker in Schizophrenia and the Fate of the SelfWhat is schizophrenia? How many are homeless Sacramentans?

Perhaps 15% of the Sacramento homeless population suffers from schizophrenia. The percentage is difficult to determine for many reasons that branch from both the fuzzy definition of the malady and that many people within the homeless community who have the illness (1) are in denial and are undiagnosed and (2) have the illness as a diagnosis only – the disability can be faked by people who are successful claimants of social security and other benefits.

What is schizophrenia? One webspace gives us this definition: The most chronic and disabling of the severe mental disorders. Typically develops in the late teens or early twenties. The overt symptoms are hallucinations (hearing voices, seeing visions), delusions (false beliefs ab…