Skip to comments.Could you eat on $5 a day?
Posted on 09/23/2013 1:20:00 PM PDT by wbill
In my work, I see more people who want to focus on losing weight rather than gaining weight, so I dont often stop to think about the problem of hunger.
Its easy to overlook the fact that hunger is still a big problem in in the United States. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2011 about 50 million Americans were living with food insecurity 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.
What is food insecurity? Its the inability to provide adequate food on a consistent basis. For adults, not getting enough food can have harmful effects, but it can be especially harmful for children who need adequate nutrients for proper growth and development.
Im familiar with the Good Shepherd Food Bank so I know hunger exists in Maine, but to what extent? Maine ranks 18th in the nation and second in New England in terms of food insecurity. Since 2004, the number of Mainers facing hunger has increased 50 percent.
The population of Maine is about 1,328,371 the food insecurity rate is 14.7 percent of households, or 200,000 people.
Food insecurity can lead to nutrient deficiencies, delayed cognitive development, asthma, decreased immune system function and increased fatigue. A contributing factor to childhood obesity is the lack of access to healthy foods for children living in food-insecure homes.
My office is situated such that I have a big window facing the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant. There is a pretty steady line of cars going through on a daily basis. Fast food once in awhile isnt a big concern, but eating a quick meal from a fast-food restaurant or a convenience store on a regular basis is expensive and the food is usually higher in fat and sodium and lower in vitamins and minerals. If you were to price the items out compared to what you could purchase at a grocery store, it wouldnt be such a deal.
When grocery shopping, nutrient-rich staples such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, steel-cut oats, corn tortillas, dried beans and peanut butter are good choices. Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy choices but can be expensive if not on sale. Canned fruit packed in its own juice or frozen fruit or vegetables are great choices. If you buy canned vegetables, drain and rinse them to remove sodium before consuming.
If you are affected by food insecurity, there are many resources available to help. One way to find them is to dial 211 and ask for resources in your area. Food banks, soup kitchens, etc., are located in communities throughout the state, usually staffed by volunteers. If you dont live with food insecurity but want to help others who do, perhaps volunteering your time at a food kitchen or donating money or food to these organizations would be within your means. Every little bit helps.
SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program previously called the food stamp program. SNAP provides $5 a day to help those unable to purchase food. To see what it is like, try to eat off of $5 a day. Youll get a little more perspective on how difficult it can be for some families in America and right in your home town. Remember that $5 has to include your morning coffee.
Want to do more? The Good Shepherd Food Bank has a calendar showing 30 Ways in 30 Days to help solve hunger. Some of the suggestions include: » Volunteer at a local food pantry or meal site. » Watch the films A Place at the Table or 30 Days on Minimum Wage. » View poverty statistics for your county by googling Map the Meal Gap. » Make a financial contribution to the food bank.
For information on the Good Shepherd Food Bank go to www.gsfb.org. For information on food insecurity in the U.S., check out www.feedingamerica.org.
Georgia Clark-Albert is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator at Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor. She provides nutrition consultant services through Mainely Nutrition in Athens. Read her columns and post questions at bangordailynews.com or email her at GeorgiaMaineMSRDCDE@gmail.com.
I don't know what the calories were in your company-subsidized lunch soup, but between two cans of coke and a package of ramen noodles, you're getting 560 calories. For comparison, inmates at Auschwitz were fed 1300 calories per day, eventually leading to starvation. A healthy, moderately active person needs about 2500.
Last time I glanced it was like $83/ounce (+/-)
I can’t say that I have. :)
Of course you could eat well on $5 a day.
Fresh chicken, pork or beef, at least on special, can be had for $2/lb. Lots of fresh veggies for an average of $1 a pound.
That’s $3. A daily serving of oatmeal or eggs and toast, plus coffee and milk, leaves you a bit to kick in on cooking oil, spices, etc.
You can substitute in pasta with a tomato meat sauce or quiche or lots of other things for variety on your variety.
I’ve heard that claim on more than one occasion.
I would think, though, that if they ate less of the garbage food, they would be able to afford more decent food.
They’re not fat because they’re too poor to buy decent food; they’re fat because they’re lazy to shop for decent food.
Sorry. Didn’t mean anything.:)
What is FOOD INSECURITY. A leftist communist phrase invented to explain why we increased our food stamp program by 200% since THE FOREIGNER took office.
$5 is living high on the hog with no ramen or beans anywhere on the menu. Of course, I do enjoy a pot of beans and cornbread. Last night, we had Chicago Dog Salad that’s a salad with half a package of 70 cent weiners and a sweet mustard dressing - sounds weird but good and very cheap.
I love Schlotzskys sandwiches but there isn’t one nearby. Earlier this summer, I ran across the recipe and decided to have a go at it. http://texascookin.blogspot.com/search/label/breads#uds-search-results
Minus the genoa salami, since it’s not sold here in podunkville, I can make 6 homemade sandwiches (1/4 C more flour to the dough recipe) for the $5 price of Schlotzsky’s 6” Original at the restaurant.
I grow my own arugula.
150.00 a month
first go to Sams by bulk meat. chicken breast n strips abt 2.00 a pound.
Go to aldi n pick up staples cheap incl milk n eggs.
go to supermk n get buy one get 1 free.
weekly go to farmers mkt or flea mkt for fresh veggies n fruit
all on food stamps are eligible for free brktfast and lunch at school everyday.
now add WIC.
you can do alot with 5.00 a day if you plan it and use coupona.
It’s good. Really. Everybody loves ‘grandma’s stuffed peppers’ around here.
I know lots of middle class, working families, two incomes, hard-working, who feed families of four and five folks on $150 per week.
$200/month comes out to about $6.50 a day.
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