On our first day of the hunger challenge, things are…not so bad. But we’re starting to second-guess our shopping list and we’re thinking of more foods we need…or at least want.
We’ve embarked on this challenge – to live on a food-stamp budget for a week – to raise awareness of hunger and to show our support for the important organizations that are working to alleviate the problem of hunger in our country. We did our shopping yesterday, leaving a little extra wiggle room without hitting the weekly limit of $132.16 per week for our family of four ($4.72/day per person).
The menu for the first day looked like this:
Breakfast: Puffins cereal with milk for the kids, yogurt and granola for adults.
Snacks: Triscuit crackers and cheese
Dinner: Roasted chicken and vegetables (onions, carrots, celery) and brown rice.
For four of us, we consumed about three-quarters of the small $8 (on sale) chicken. The plan is to use the rest of the meat for one other meal (chicken salad? chicken tacos?) and to use the bones for a chicken soup. But we forgot to account for any noodles or any other starch-y food to make the soup more substantial. Maybe we’ll wind up using some more brown rice.
Other thoughts: We didn’t really plan for much in the way of snacks (will the Triscuits last through the week?) and we hadn’t even thought about dessert. Will that come back to haunt us? Or more realistically, will we be tempted to reach into the candy stash in the cupboard to satisfy a sweet tooth? Maybe we’ll have to find something creative to do with the oatmeal and make some sort of cookies before the week is out.
We’re starting to feel glad we left a little wiggle room. We’re already thinking of a second shopping list, one that involves brown sugar and maybe chocolate chips….