Kraft din­ner stereo­typ­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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