I’ve accepted a challenge that I discovered via The Giving Table and I am pretty excited for it. I will be posting a recipe and and sharing how to eat healthy, vegan meals for $4 a day on April 8, 2013. Hunger affects millions of Americans who receive food stamps worth roughly $3 to $4 per person per day. The movie A Place at the Table documents how families handle the financial constraint of food stamps. My grocery bill is typically around $70 a week for one person. And then I eat food from out a couple times a week. I’m not sure how it happens but I end up spending $300-$400 a month on food. For just me. Someone on food stamps would be spending around $120 a month if they are relying solely on food stamps. So, I know it won’t hurt me to try something drastic. I want to eat on $4 a day for a week for two reasons:
1. To save money.
2. To see how it feels.
Saving money will certainly benefit me. Seeing how it feels to “live off food stamps” will hopefully benefit someone else. I want this experience to give me a better understanding of a world that exists far from my own. Someday maybe I can have an impact, no matter how small, on the current food system. As a foodie, it would give me no greater pleasure for all people to be able to enjoy healthy and fresh food like I do. And world peace. I want world peace, too. But let’s start with hunger first.