Spending an afternoon in one of my favorite areas of Mexico City, and also in one of my favorite settings. I always enjoyed being surrounded by books and this book store/cafe certainly offers this and more. El Pendulo is located within walking distance of Metro Polanco and surrounded by various restaurants, boutiques and a small park for someone looking for a fun day with company or quiet day for themselves.
The cafe offer a large selection of books in Spanish but also caters to English readers with a small section in the store for some of the more popular releases. The area also offers food/coffee from the local shop and provides a great setting to enjoy a meal while also being emerged in books. Beautiful environment and helpful staff! If only I lived closer! Definitely worth a visit after a long walk through the gorgeous area of Polanco.
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!
Not only does Koltiska believe this shames students who cannot afford school lunch, but it just makes the problem worse. The students who are given the alternative lunch are still charged the same price as the hot lunch.