food stamp challenge

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87 cents

That’s how much we had left on our SNAP budget at the end of the month.  87 cents.  Not much room for error, and not much of a cushion for frills and extras. On Thursday we had run out of milk and fruit.  We had $9.27 left in our budget. I took my son...

Slide Show and Ice Cream
Eat this bread

Eat this bread

Earlier this week Ivan, Camilla, and I went to a food distribution site in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento. The agency that runs it, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, accepts customers from anywhere in the region. They limit the number of times you can get food at one of their sites to...

Sacramento Vegan
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day seven

Nov 14, 2012
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day seven

"Simplify, simplify," read the words on the mug in the picture of my breakfast on Day Seven of the Food Stamp Challenge. This advice, offered by Henry David Thoreau in his immortal classic Walden, may represent a survival strategy to those who are act...

Sacramento Vegan
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day six

Nov 13, 2012
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day six

I've been interested to read posts by some of the other participants in the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge indicating that they couldn't afford to buy fruits and vegetables on the food stamp budget. As a vegan, I know that it's not a matter of whether peo...

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Food Stamp Challenge update

All the meals I’ve eaten since Friday Last week, your humble author began a “7-Day Food Stamp Challenge“, as part of an effort by several local organizations to raise awareness about hunger and the importance  role that food banks ...

Sacramento Vegan
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day five

Nov 12, 2012
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day five

My week on a food stamp budget is finally winding down. I still have plenty of food left to make it through my seven days, although I don't know if my "side dishes" -- apples, oranges, carrots, and celery -- will last until the end.Today's breakfast w...

Sacramento Vegan
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day four

Nov 11, 2012
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day four

The Sacramento Housing Alliance's stated purpose for organizing the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge is to help raise awareness about hunger in our region. Their Facebook page has also provided valuable information about the importance of food banks when pe...

Sacramento Vegan
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day three

Nov 10, 2012
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day three

The picture above represents my last purchase for the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: three mushrooms that I bought for 66 cents at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. I have twelve cents left from my $34.30 budget, but doubt I'll be able to find anythin...

Sacramento Vegan
Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day two

Sacramento vegan takes the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge: Day two

Since I'm a vegan, I knew when I signed on to take the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge that a very large portion of my $34.30 budget would be spent on produce. And where better to buy produce than the farmers' market? Or so I thought. But I discovered th...

Awake at the Whisk
7-Day Food Stamp Challenge recipe: Pumpkin oatmeal for $2.27 per serving

7-Day Food Stamp Challenge recipe: Pumpkin oatmeal for $2.27 per serving

I’m joining Sacramento’s Food Stamp Challenge! For the next week, I’ll be eating on about $4.90 per day per person. This is the approximate equivalent budget of someone on California’s [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ...

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