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September 23rd, 2011
07:23 PM ET

The Face of Poverty

CNN's Brooke Baldwin visits a local grocery store with Epsilon Taylor and his children. Epsilon lost his job two years ago and is currently using food stamps to purchase groceries. He shows Brooke his money saving tips and how he manages his to feed his family while unemployed.

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  1. Mark Haan

    Brooke, what a nice story on a great person just trying to do the best he can do! Please tell me how I can help Epsilon. Thanks!

    September 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Michael

    Brooke.. Fantastic article... Superb newscasting! You're giving Wolf a run for the money. Plus you're way easier on the eyes 8 )
    I would like to help the "Teach". Not with finances but with the knowledge of cooking. Being in the recessed Detroit area I know many people struggling to put food on the table. Buying the cheapest on the shelves is not the answer. Ask Sanjay... those items are loaded with sodium and trans fat. Plus if you do the math the items purchased also may have less for the $. Searching for "The Deal " is a challange for sure.
    One of the suggestions for the teach is to utilize a slow cooker. With that you can make any cut of chep meat ; such as shoulder and butt cuts, I imagine you know herbs are expensive so I grow my own herbs of which most are perinnials. If the "Teach" has room he might want to garden a bit. They actually flower nice in the spring and fall. This will also help change up dinner if you are limited due to cost factor. Soups, chilis and stews go along way. But when I was a kid my family utilized pasta as a main stay. A meal of boiled noodles with broccoli and olive oil went along way and was actually good. Same goes with rice. A main staple that goes well with most anything.
    My point being is education is one of the main keys to solving the " Hunger " crisis. Instead of lobbing to increase we, as a country, should educate people on nutrition along with cost efficiency. There are plenty of cheap meals that can be made with little costs. The "Teach" had his plan, which of course is good. However his plan was based on monetary issues. I would guess due to inexperience in the kitchen.
    In saying that and if he would like please feel free to forward my e-mail address to him. Please have him title it " Teach" and I will answer any questions as well as share reciepes I have created or come across.

    Thanks for your time Brooke.... and thanks for being you !

    September 24, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  3. Sarah Willingham

    In the past forty years, the U.S. spent over nine trillion dollars to eradicate poverty with almost no results to show for it. Welfare only exacerbates the problem by creating dependency and destroying families. The dialogue needs to change to personal responsibility and limiting the federal government's role to its constitutional boundaries.

    As a society, we need to stop subsidizing irresponsibility and poor decision making.

    September 24, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  4. Keenan

    Is there a way I could send some funding to Mr. Epsilon and his boys?

    September 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  5. Amira

    I was in the middle of making a very selfish and expensive purchase when this first aired and I was stopped in my tracks. I decided not to make that purchase and use that money for good if I was determined to spend it. Is there anyway I could donate to this man and his family, perhaps send a gift card to his local grocery store. If any of us are blessed, its up to us to pass those blessings on.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  6. Andrea Fahrenthold

    I've done searching and can't find Mr. Taylor's address. We'd like to send him some money. Can you please help w/ this info?

    September 27, 2011 at 9:59 am |

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