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Hunger Challenge Day 1

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.

Lunch: Ham sandwiches on olive bread for the kids, tuna sandwiches for us, chopped nectarine, carrot sticks.

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….

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6 Responses to Hunger Challenge Day 1

  1. Karen September 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    You could make peanutbutter oatmeal cookies. A cup of flour and a bit of sugar should be well within the budget.

    • jollytomato September 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      Nice idea – I’m having cookie cravings as I type! Thanks, Karen!

  2. Beth September 14, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    If you can get your hands on some winter squash (frozen butternut puree works too), that, some chopped onion, the chicken stock and some cinnamon make a nice soup too for not a lot of $

    • jollytomato September 14, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      Love it! Thanks, Beth!


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