How would you feel if you only had $4.50 a day to feed yourself? Would you be able to make it? And what would you eat? Could you include healthy food in that amount?
Us foodies are used to eating out, we enjoy food. But what if we simply couldn't afford it? Feeding Illinois wants us to find out how it feels. Within the context of Hunger Action Month, they launched an interesting challenge. They invited everyone to try and live on $4.50 a day, for seven days, from September 19 to September 24. Why $4.50? Because that's the amount that people in need receive every day from the government through Food Stamps (now known as SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme - for more info on food stamps, how they work and their history, click here).
The rules of the SNAP hunger challenge are simple: you need to spend $4.50 max a day, drinks included, and you can't accept food from friends, family or colleagues. You should also avoid using food you already have in your house, unless you deduct the value of what you are using from the $4.50 allowance.
The Tuscan Foodie is in. I am going to try and do it, and report back on how it goes.
If you do want to participate in this initiative, there are other ways to do it: you can create and post on Feeding Illinois' website a recipe which doesn't cost more than $1.50, or you can contribute to a Food Bank. Whatever you do, try and put yourself in somebody's else shoes. Just for one week.