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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Groceries - deadline 8-23-12 10 am NY time (08/16/12)

TITLE: A Dumpster Diving Angel
By Charla Diehl


Too many lacking the means to buy food
So dumpster diving Dena dared to intrude
At each food chain target, she became bold
From her step stool the grabber reached food barely old

Straight to the needy to unload her bounty
Now folks wouldn’t starve throughout Dillon County
Affectionately known as Dena the Diver
An angel God sent who brings fruits and fiber

Peppers, celery and sweet onions too
Sautéed together became veggie stew
Scouting the dumpsters for chickens, all baked
Humbling herself for each neighbors sake

Dena herself cooked meals like a pro
To nourish folks whose spirits were low
I’m just one person, but a difference I’m making
By feeding the poor so their stomachs stop aching

Food pantries are hurting, their shelves barely stocked
Hunger is rising--we all should be shocked
Just give what you can, no matter how small
Better to help one than not help at all

In kindness pick up some groceries and pray
“God, help me feed the most hungry today.
Open my heart, make me very aware
To be a good servant, to love and to care.”

This entry was inspired by a true news story I recently watched on television. What a shame that the big chain grocery stores aren’t partnering with local food banks to help stomp out hunger in their own backyards. Is it the bureaucratic red tape, rules and regulations that get in the way of helping those in need today? The real dumpster diver was taped as she retrieved food still good enough to eat and distribute to the food banks in her neighborhood. Of course the names of the stores and food banks were not spoken during the interview (and Dena is not the diver’s real name). The point is that people are starving in a nation where hunger should not even exist.
Note: The dumpster diver shared that no one had ever gotten ill from any of the food she collected and distributed to the food banks; or people she personally delivered food to or ate herself.

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C D Swanson 08/24/12
Oh this was so touching, it gripped my heart. Excellent job. God bless~
Danielle King 08/25/12
I agree entirely with the sentiment of this entry, and expressed in such a cute poem. An original take on the topic too. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/29/12
This is a beautiful poem. I loved the flow, it was so easy to read and understand but also beautiful. The note at the was great too. My mom started a "bread program" for our local community. It took a lot of doing but she finally convinced the stores to donate baked goods instead of tossing. There are so many laws that stop people from giving good food to those in need. Last year my in-laws went out of town and there was tons of fresh produce rotting in their garden but the laws wouldn't allow me to get them to the needy. I did find some needy families to give them to, but it was a shame. Great message and right on topic.
Leola Ogle 08/29/12
Having worked in a ministry for almost 20 years, there are many stores that donate outdated and damaged groceries. We received many such items. The reason many don't is the fear of law suit if someone claimed food poisoning. I can attest that no one ever became ill from these donated goods, and it is a shame more places don't share. I loved this story! One of my favs. God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/30/12
Congratulations for ranking 9 in Masters and 13 overall!