I wrote yesterday about an upcoming weeklong Food Stamp Challenge, which garnered a large number of reader comments. And as always happens, a few readers wrote about how food stamp recipients aren’t cooking from scratch and are buying junk and convenience food.
I want to stop that train of conversation right here and now. None of us has the right to judge other people’s food choices, whether that person is receiving government assistance or not. Period. You don’t know what is going on in that person’s life, and whether they have a fruit tree in their backyard or if they’re buying for a kid’s birthday party or frankly, anything at all.
The Non-Consumer Advocate is not a forum for ranting against how low income people are taking advantage of government assistance. This blog is a space for sharing ideas, giving support and finding inspiration.
I apologize if this post seems a bit harsh, but I want to be clear about expectations ahead of time so this project can move forward in a positive manner.
The SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge will run from Monday, September 17 to Sunday, September 23.
Here are the details:
- Allow $4 per person per day.
- Because we all have ingredients in our kitchens, I am not asking that you pretend it’s not there. Instead I ask that you replace anything that you use up. This is not a perfect solution, but if we try to be exact, it would be impossible to participate. If you would normally stock up on loss leader butter that week, please go ahead and do so. My style of shopping is to stock up on pantry staples when it’s on sale so I can avoid high prices, and it saves me a lot of money.
- However, please do not buy a large amount of groceries right before starting the challenge.
- If you are already receiving SNAP benefits or spend less than the suggested $4 per person, I encourage you to participate. We need your ideas and feedback.
- I am suggesting that participants donate any money saved from the week to their local food bank. This is not a requirement.
I will include a link-up widget on the blog for the week, and I invite all blogging participants to share their posts.
Click HERE to read posts from the 2010 Food Stamp Challenge.
Click HERE to read posts from the 2011 Food Stamp Challenge.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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