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    As part of the last dKos Feeding America effort, I committed to spending a week on the "Food Stamp Diet" and contributing the difference between the allotted $3 per day per person and what I normally spend on groceries for the two of us. I was able to make a donation of $75 over and above the usual monthly donation I make to our local food panty.  

    We started on Sunday evening... and as you will see, we had some help because it was the holiday season. Here’s what I bought to feed two people for one week, spending $42:

    6 carrots
    6 apples
    2 bananas
    2 oranges
    2 baking potatoes
    4 small red potatoes
    1 avocado
    1 can diced tomatoes

    ½ cup cornmeal
    1 cup rice
    1-1/2 cups black beans
    1 cup red beans

    1 large tomato soup

    3 bags of frozen veggies: corn, peas, brocolli
    1 loaf whole wheat bread
    6 whole wheat buns

    1 pkg Boca spicy chicken patties (4 patties)
    1 pkg smoked sausage
    1 pkg cheddar slices (8 slices)

    ½ gallon milk
    small sour cream

    Where I cheated and got lucky:  
     We both have free coffee at work.
     Tuesday was my workplace’s holiday lunch for the management team.  I feasted on a salad of mixed greens, pan-fried walleye pike and shrimp, asparagus spears, twice baked potato, ice cream and cookie. The portions were generous so I ate exactly half of the entrée and had the leftovers boxed up for lunch the next day.
     Mr House works at large organic dairy coop – they have access to "all you can eat" free cheese and bread at work. He forgot to take soup one day for lunch, but ate bread and cheese.
     The final night was Mr House’s company holiday party – he had steak and I had veggie ravioli.
     I used some food items we had at home – three yellow onions, butter, 3 cups of flour and 3 tbsp of sugar, a few tablespoons of mayo, some maple syrup, ¼ cup of shortening and some spices. Oh, and some tea bags.
     And finally, the guy I buy free-range eggs from got new laying hens, and they start out laying tiny little eggs. He gave me some because they are too small to sell, so I got two dozen very small eggs for free (he did not know about the challenge, just gave them to me serendipitously).

    Day 1 - Sunday
    Supper: black bean soup w 1/2 of the smoked sausage
    Corn muffins (I made 6)

    Day 2 - Monday
    Breakfast glass of milk, 1 slice of toast  
    Lunch leftover black bean soup and corn muffin
    Supper Leftover soup (Mr House), toast (me – not feeling well)

    Day 3 - Tuesday
    Breakfast glass of milk, banana
    Lunch Free food  - lunch w/management team at local country club
    Supper Boca chicken patty, avocado, bun, corn

    Day 4 - Wednesday
    Breakfast glass of milk, 1 slice toast
    Lunch leftovers from free lunch yesterday
    Supper Baked potato topped with broccoli, 1 slice of cheese, sour cream

    Day 5 - Thursday
    Breakfast 1 egg and 1 slice toast
    Lunch Boca chicken patty, avocado, bun
    Supper Red beans and rice w other ½ of smoked sausage
    Snack Orange

    Day 6 - Friday
    Breakfast 1 slice toast
    Lunch Leftover red beans and rice
    Supper Boca chicken patties, mashed avocado, bun
    Snack Apple

    Day 7 - Saturday
    Breakfast omelets with leftover brocolli, toast
    Lunch Tomato soup and grilled cheese
    Supper Holiday party – free food!

    Day 8 - Sunday
    Breakfast Pancakes with apple compote
    Lunch Egg salad sandwiches

    It was surprising how quickly I fell back into the grocery shopping routine from when I was really on food stamps... the calculator in the store, putting back the celery because it put me over the limit, choosing things I didn’t know or like because they were .75 cheaper. I also used food I would possibly toss out now; one of the onions had a brown mushy center and I cut that part out and used the rest. Sadly, these are skills people all across America are learning.

    Will you take the food stamp diet challenge this week and donate the difference to fighting hunger?

    They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

    by 1864 House on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 11:40:06 AM PST

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