I love a good challenge, especially if its a food challenge! But this isn’t an Iron Chef type challenge, in fact just the opposite. Starting next Monday, the United Way of King County is sponsoring Hunger Action Week (April 20-24). The goal is to live off of $7/day worth of food for 5 days and share your story. The reason why its only $7 is that it is the maximum food stamp benefit (known as the Basic Food Program in Washington) for an individual. Below is a chart of the food allowance based on your family size.
Here are the Hunger Challenge rules:
* Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner spending only $7 per day.
* Salt and pepper don’t count but all other seasonings, cooking oils, condiments, snacks, drinks, and everything else do.
* Don’t use food you already own.
* Don’t accept food from family, friends, coworkers and others. Not even the free samples from Costco!
* Try to include fresh produce and healthy protein each day.
* Keep track of expenses, food choices, etc. and share your experiences on United Way of King County’s blog.
I will be participating in this challenge using the budget for a family of 5. I am also very excited because there are several fellow FoodBuzz bloggers who are also taking the challenge and will be blogging about their experience. Eric Rivera of “Eric Rivera Cooks” ,Gaynol of “Self-Rising Flour” , and Nurit of “Family Friendly Food” are just a few that I know of. I’ll update the list if I find more. Here are a few more to add. Sig of “Live To Eat”, Julie of “Julie Jams”, “Foodista”, and “Gastrognome”. And from Canada, the “Curious Domestic” will be participating. Go Canada! For a complete list of food bloggers participating, click here.
The Hunger Challenge is really about empathy and to bring awareness of how to fight hunger in the community.
I think this is a beautiful challenge because I grew up in a poor family being 1 of 6 kids. I remember those days when all we had to eat were whatever canned goods came from the food bank. You know the ones with all white labels and big black font letting?! Let me tell you about the “mystery meat” can. Oh wait a minute, I can’t.. because its still a mystery till this day.
Growing up with little really helped me to appreciate all I have today. I think it is why I look to cook and bake so much. Of all the kids, I was the one who often cooked for my family. I would use whatever we had and put something together. And it was always a “creative” challenge to make a one pot dish with using whatever we had on hand. In fact I think the first casserole I ever made was with a Shredded Wheat topping. I was in elementary school when I would prepare meals like this. It’s the reason I feel comfortable in the kitchen, not having to follow recipes, and why I prefer to cook free-style. It was free-style back then and its the same today. So follow me and the other Seattle Food Bloggers through out next week and show your support with some blog love.
If you would like to take the Hunger Challenge, you can find more information here.