Kraft dinner stereotyping
I am writing to comment on Flora Jean Thompsons letter of July 15th, Real problems for female golf. However, I will not make many comments on golf, so I'll just say, it was always a fun sport and I did well, the few times I played. I do want to comment on Flora Jean's comment re $50 buying a lot of Kraft dinner. I would have no stats on just how many low income families buy "a lot of Kraft dinner." But I hope not many.
While a Journalism student in Holland College, class of ' 82, I was a divorced mother bringing up two boys on social assistance. There was not a lot of money around for groceries and yes, Kraft dinner was a big part of our food supply at 3 for 99 cents. My sons and I grew to view Kraft dinner quite distastefully by the time I graduated. We vowed we were done with Kraft dinner. For the most part we were.
And today my sons and their wives are vegans and vegetarians, so healthy eating is part and parcel of who they are. My point of all this is that I really hope young families today can afford more than Kraft dinner for meals. And certainly, I hope they would not spend any more than a few dollars on it, at best.
I felt the assumption that low income families eat a lot of Kraft dinner was stereotyping them. We can't assume low income families are ignorant of what is good food and what is not. Ms. Thompson may have made an off-the-cuff rhetorical comment, but its these kinds of stereotypes we don't want getting out there. Children of low income families suffer enough without being called the "Kraft dinner kids." Kathy Birt, Mount Stewart