I'm grateful for this experience and will be ever mindful of how paltry our safety net benefits are.
Illinois Food Bank Association is participating in Hunger Action Month as part of a nationwide effort to engage communities to take action to end hunger. From September 22-28, the eight executive directors of IFBA, community leaders and members of the media will be taking the $25 Challenge to highlight the struggle that families in Illinois face in accessing nutritious food. This blog documents the emotional and physical struggles of the $25 Challenge in their own words.
Skipped lunch and now someone is making microwave popcorn in the office kitchen. No matter where I go I can smell popcorn. Earlier this morning someone brought Krispy Kreme doughnuts to work. It's like looking through the candy store window but being locked outside.
More ham & beans tonight but it's only 3:15 now.
Tuesday evening meal of ham & beans and cornbread was delicious! One of my favorite meals and I've made it often in the past. It was so good I sampled it all night. I made it with 2 pounds of dry pinto beans that should last me through Friday. Unfortunately, that's all I'll be eating for lunch and dinner the rest of the week. Already experiencing some "gas."
Have no idea how a parent could provide a nutrionally balanced diet much less some variety to children on $25 a week.
Frank Finnegan, St. Louis Area Foodbank