Last February, I took on the challenge of eating on a budget. A very tight budget – $30 per week. I did it for a variety of reasons. The first being…times are tough for a lot of folks these days. Living on a budget is a way of life for many, many folks. Secondly, hunger issues are the cause I most believe in. As a person who knows the joy of food and the memories that amazing meals can create, the notion that people go hungry in this country (and across the globe) is insane to me. The national average for those receiving food assistance is between $21 and $24 a week. Even the simplest food for us "food people" is luxurious for most.We lose sight of that.
So I lived on $30 for a week…and I didn't even spend it all. I came up with inventive ways to cook simple ingredients. I used every bit of what I bought. No fancy coffees. You know what? Those are things that I have carried with me to this day – I can count the number of times I've gotten a designer coffee since then on one hand. Those are small changes but it's hard to look at a latte when you think…"That's someone's food budget for a day!"
It's seven months later and the economic outlook for many isn't any better than it was – for some, it's far worse. I've chosen to do the $30 challenge again to draw attention to the food and hunger issues that many struggle with, particularly in our current times of layoffs and foreclosures. The facts speak for themselves:
As someone whose blog gets a good bit of traffic, I got great response from people during the last challenge. It wasn't enough. My voice isn't loud enough. So I put the call out to folks in the blogsphere to join me in the Eat on $30 challenge. The premise is simple – eat and drink for $30 a week. Salt, pepper, butter and oil are freebies – everything else you have to budget for. Talk about your week, the food you cook, your feelings about the challenge. Blog. Tweet. Post your status on your Facebook.
The response was great…and we're starting the Eat on $30 Challenge on Sunday, October 11th through October 17th. You can follow me here on the blog or on Twitter – the hashtag for the event is #Eaton30. These other 10 folks have joined their time and their voices to the challenge too. Follow along with them as they take this challenge:
If you would like to join in the Eat on $30 challenge, feel free to email me your info and I'll include you in the list of participants! Thanks to everyone reading along and taking part – I look forward to the coming week and being a part of this together :)
(the image used in this post was originally found here. i'm using it again because, well, i just love it)