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Breakfast for Under a Dollar

June 22nd, 2007


*Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it is typically the meal that most often skipped in a rush to get out the door. By taking a few minutes to prepare and eat breakfast you can help keep your energy level up and your blood sugar from dropping. I particularly chose eggs because they will help you stave off hunger pains. We prefer them scrambled and added a little bit of cheese and salsa for flavor. A hearty whole wheat bread with 3 grams of fiber was chosen simple because it is a complex carbohydrate. Although I am not a dietitian and no more then a home cook, I do know if through nothing but experience, that complex carbohydrates are far more satisfying and offer a much better source of energy then their often less expensive, overly refined, and processed counter parts. The 8 oz glass of orange juice was chosen to replace my passion for fresh fruit for breakfast. Although it could not compare with the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber found in a serving of fruit, it is high in vitamin C and help to round out this meal. The Texas Pete Hot Sauce was on stand-by because we were a little bit suspicious of the Read more…

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$42 Emergency Menu

June 22nd, 2007


It was many moons ago, but will admit that I do know first hand what it is like to experience hunger and food insecurity. Hearing about the Food Stamp Challenge both online and in the media has brought back a flood of memories for me and a deep sense of gratefulness that there is always hope. It is in remembering the struggles of poverty and my own humble past that I have set the foundation for this menu. It has been created to feed 2 people for a week with no more then $1.00 per meal, but elements of the menu and grocery list can be tweaked to accommodate a family of 4 for less then $84 if extra or larger (family sized) items are bought at the store. $42 0r $84 may seem like quite a bit of money to many people trying to pare down expenses or exist on a shoe string budget. However, this amount can easily be reduced by Read more…

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$42 Emergency Menu

June 21st, 2007


Rather then complain for a week about how hungry and lightheaded my husband and I are on a Food Stamp Budget of no more then $1 per meal/$3 a day each, we have decided to do something different. For the many people that live on $21 or less due to various reasons, for far longer then a week, we have been inspired to offer a grocery list, menu, quick, easy, and fairly healthy recipes that can be made in 15 minutes or less with no prior experience in the kitchen. Grocery items were chosen due to their ability to stave off hunger, consistent low prices, and year round accessibility. Wal-mart was not my first choice of places to shop and was chosen strictly because it is a national store that can be found in many communities across the US. Our participation in the Food Stamp Challenge will kick off tomorrow morning and I will post our menu directly after breakfast. Recipes and updates will follow for the next 7 days.

The Grocery List
($42 for 2 people/$1 each per meal for the course of 7 days)

$5.00 for 2 Loaves of Baker’s Inn 100% Whole Wheat Bread (5 gr. of Protein and 3 gr. Fiber per slice with 16 slices in each package)

$1.47 for 18 oz. of Read more…

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Coffee, Coupons, and Last Minute Thoughts

June 21st, 2007


At this very moment I am sitting at my desk slowly savoring my last cup of coffee for the day and the next several days for that matter. Our windows are open and there is a slight breeze billowing through the sheer white summery curtains throughout our home. As sunlight pours through my kitchen illuminating the light sky blue colored walls, the scent of a cast iron skillet cooked breakfast of buttermilk buckwheat pancakes, fresh strawberries, bacon, and pure maple syrup lingers in the air creating a fragrance that no candle or essential oil could ever be compared. My pantry is neatly organized and stocked with a wide variety of local, organic, and sustainable foods that are fully capable of providing the elements for a delectable feast with little more then a moment’s notice. In the depths of my cool basement there is a tall shelf stocked with an assortment of overflow small kitchen appliances, canning equipment, seasonal gadgets such as an apple/peeler/corer, and a small row of neatly arranged Ball jars cataloging the results of my first attempts at canning a taste of our local seasons. Yet, for a week I am going to use my imagination to pretend that none of that exists…

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Food Stamp Challenge Update

June 20th, 2007

A little over a month ago, when my husband and I had decided to participate in the widely debated and discussed Food Stamp Challenge, our purpose for doing so, was to bring awareness to the alarming problem of food insecurity in this country and to take some time to reflect on what we could do within our own community, to help aid organizations that reach out to those in need. Unfortunately, our plans were put on hold when my husband was rushed to the emergency room, diagnosed with a ruptured appendix, and had to undergo surgery, just days before the challenge was scheduled. Thankfully there were no complications, he is currently doing much better, and our life is beginning to resume as normal again.

Although we had to postpone our participation in The Food Stamp Diet, it has still been weighing very heavily on our minds. Since that initial post, we have been astounded by the large number of people who have found this site by searching for quick, easy, and inexpensive recipes that could be afforded on a poverty level or food stamp budget. Due to the nature of the searches and key phrases used, we do not feel that many of these searches were done in correlation to the highly publicized Food Stamp Challenge. Instead, we truly suspect that there are a large number of people struggling to make ends meet and desperately seeking solutions for feeding their family on a shoestring budget for a number of reasons. Whether they are on food stamps or not is negligible at this point. The fact that they found this site while looking for viable solutions is enough to have further inspired us to offer what assistance we can.

It is with those thoughts in mind that my husband and I have decided to Read more…

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Food Stamp Challenge and Hospital Food

May 24th, 2007

Hospital Food On A Food Stamp Budget

I deeply apologize for seeming to have fallen off the face of the Earth. Last Thursday, about an hour after my last post, I had to rush my husband to the Emergency Room of our local hospital where we were told that his appendix had just ruptured. He was immediately admitted to the hospital and scheduled for surgery first thing Friday morning. Tears rolled down my cheeks while I flagged down nurses that night as my husband’s hands took on a yellow hue and his fever began to rise. When his temperature soared to 105 Degrees later that night Read more…

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The Food Stamp Diet

May 17th, 2007

Ramen Noodles Compliments Of My Brother’s Bachelor Pad

With all of the talk about The Food Stamp Challenge, issued by The Oregon Food Bank and taken up by Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski, this past April, I just can not help but, wonder about the impact that living on $3 a day, makes on the 25 million American families that are being fed on that amount. Check out My Fitness Hub for more accessories that may help your diet.

For those who may not know, $3 is the National average received by the many families currently relying on food stamps to feed their families. According to Toledo’s news station, ABC Channel 13, Ohio’s Food Stamp usage has increased by 71% in the past 6 years, 1.1 million Ohioans are currently receiving food stamps and it is estimated that 500,000 more may be eligible for the program, but have not applied. These startling numbers may be partly due to the fact that the usage of debit cards has reduced the stigma involved in using food stamps, but it is also offers a glimpse of our local economy. “A majority of these families are working families, and I think the public really needs to hear that,” said Laura Holton, community services director of the Fairfield County JFS. “Our unemployment rate might not be that bad, but the wages just aren’t enough.”

As I consider the various circumstances that may have led a family to applying for food stamps and the many children who have no choice, but to be fed on that amount, Read more…

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