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Food Storage Tips: Food storage versus hoarding

Sometimes people who store food are accused of hoarding. There was a great post about this on Casaubon’s Book (Sharon Astyk’s blog) last July:

First, a quiz!
Question 1: If James has a large group of Hummel figurines (those weird looking kids with big eyes in cutesy poses), including some that are very rare and scarce, and he has more Hummel figurines than anyone could possible use or appreciate (for me, that number would be 1 figurine ;-) ), will people say James is hoarding Hummel figurines?
Question 2: If Laurie has more money than she needs to pay her expenses, and she takes this extra money, and puts it away where it earns interest and is available to her for future use, even though there are people in the world who could really use that money, will people say she is hoarding money?
Question 3: If Li goes to the grocery store only once every few months, purchases in bulk and in quantities he needs for a year, will people say he is hoarding food?
Question 4: If Gloria knows she is likely to lose her job soon, and takes her kids to the doctor, gets their teeth checked, and gets a 3 months supply of her allergy medication while insurance will still pay for it, is she hoarding medical care?
Question 5: If Gloria knows she will lose her job soon and isn’t confident about finding a new one, and goes to the thrift shop and buys clothes that are available in larger sizes for her oldest son and stores them, so that he’ll have nice clothes for school even if they are quite poor, will people say she is hoarding?
Queston 6: Laurie is also worried about affording clothes for her children. So she puts as much of her salary aside in a specific account marked for her daughter’s clothing as possible. Will people say she is hoarding?
It’s a great post that continues at this link.

A historical note: Hoarding, defined as storing more than a 30 day supply of food, was against the law during World War I. Herbert Hoover was the food administrator in charge of enforcing this law. Here is a link to a 1918 New York Times newspaper article about people who were punished for hoarding, because they used inherited money to put in a food supply before there was an anti-hoarding law. After the law was put into effect, he tried to distribute his food among the poor, and he was caught and punished.

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