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Mum likes reading, decorating, shopping with the girls, and Starbucks. She also feels funny writing in the 3rd person. Papa (also known as Sparky) is currently looking at me with a blank stare having asked him to add something about himself to the blog. (Now he wants to say something) The only thing he loves more in life than music and Coke is his wife and kids. (Awww...) :) Little Lotte is a genius on the computer and makes me fall over laughing every day with her quick wit. She loves computers and animals. Sweet Pea abandoned her family and moved to Phoenix for work and is now married as of 2/28/06. She is beautiful and smart and the most nurturing person I know. She gave me the greatest gift ever when she made me a grandmother. I am the proud Mum Mum to Andrew Christopher. There are no words to describe the joy of having a grandson!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Irony... 7 Million Dollars vs. $0 for food bank in Texas

Polygamist case price tag: $7 million
By Ashley Broughton

(CNN) -- Removing 460 children from a polygamist sect compound and then reuniting them with their families will cost Texas $7 million, according to the state Department of Family and Protective Services.

The children were ordered returned to their families this week after the Texas Supreme Court found that the state did not have enough evidence to show that abuse was happening at the Yearning for Zion ranch near Eldorado.

The price tag includes costs from fighting a court battle to retain custody of the children, attempting to determine their parentage through DNA testing and reuniting the children with their parents.

The $7 million does not include more than $500,000 in estimated costs incurred by local governments whose law enforcement agencies were involved in the April 3 ranch raid, according to a budgetary presentation given to Texas lawmakers last month.



Testimonials from America’s Second Harvest Network Food Banks
Shed Light on the Reality of Decreased Ability to Serve Communities
May 12, 2008
Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (Austin)

The whole hunger relief system is teetering right now and it has the potential to snap if things get much worse. It’s hard to imagine what the next few months are going to look like. We are really bracing for a challenging summer.

East Texas Food Bank (Tyler)
One of our clients, a 38-year old mother with three disabled children had to choose between buying food for her family and putting gas in her car to get to work. She had just taken a new
job, closer to home to save on gasoline. She bought the food and then was fired from her job because she didn’t make it in. We have to make daily business decisions that we haven’t had to make in 20 years. The price of gas has made us reevaluate our bulk rice and bean program. We’ve stopped the program because it’s not cost effective because of the price of food and gas. For our upcoming summer feeding program, we have to scrutinize our sources for products like milk. The price of milk has gone up significantly, but the government reimbursement for this program has stayed the same.


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