After writing about a number of ways to enjoy leftovers… I flashed back on the Interfaith Food Ministry Food Challenge. The challenge was to see if I could eat on $4.50 per day… which is the amount I would be eligible for in Food Stamps if I was single and made minimum wage.
Though I was able to sustain myself for 31 days on that amount… it was because all of my other basic needs were met. I knew I had a roof over my head, a job, and good social support from my family and friends. I also discovered that I have a lot of access to food. I felt like I didn’t really win the Food Challenge… I was not in the same position as people who are truly food insecure.
This year I was going to do it again… but failed immediately. I had too much access to food. So… rather than see if I could eat on $4.50 a day… I am donating that amount to Interfaith Food Ministry… and I am not even sure I have that amount.
Guess what… this is having a huge impact on me… I am having to go without a number of things that I take for granted… gas, drinks, and any sporadic impulse purchase like movies or treats… just about everything else but food, housing and family. I can’t even afford to go out with friends.
This is a very uncomfortable feeling… I can’t imagine feeling like this for more than the few weeks. So… I guess my message is… if you have the means and can reach out to support those in need- please remember them during the holidays and throughout the year. AND… don’t take things for granted.