Peanut butter,Frozen food,Grocery store,Family and consumer science,Shopping,Miguel Mendoza

Kids learn home economics on Tustin grocery shopping trip

January 17, 2017
in Kids

View slideshow TUSTIN -- Lillian Garcia and her personal shopper, Laurie Abelove, got stuck in the peanut butter and jam aisle. Seven-year-old Lillian was determined to chose a super-sized jar of her favorite brand, Skippy, for $8.99. But that would consume more than a third of their total budget – even before adding the requisite strawberry jam. Still, the Benson Elementary second-grader, in her own polite but unbending way, wanted nothing to do with the peanut-butter-and-jelly combo for $3.99. “It’s not what my mom gets,” she finally pronounced, ending the matter. Some 10 minutes later, after much negotiation, they rolled away with store brand peanut butter for $2.49 and jam for another $3.49. This $5.98 extravagance might just mean relinquishing something else down the line. It was a pragmatic way to honor Martin Luther King’s birthday – a home economics lesson for kids whose parents must pinch pennies daily. Operation Warm Wishes sponsored the shopping spree, inviting kids in need to gather at the Tustin Albertsons on their day off from school for the holiday. “We are keeping Dr. King’s dream alive,” said TyRon Jackson, founder of the Tustin-based charity. “It’s not just about African Americans but about all of us coming together no matter our backgrounds to do our part.” Each of the 115 children who showed up received...

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