September is Hunger Action Month in Illinois, and the Illinois Food Bank Association has posed a challenge: Eat on $25 for one week. That's just $3.50 per day, per person – the average amount a food stamp recipient has to spend on meals.
The official challenge began on Monday and ends tomorrow. Several participants are blogging their experiences throughout the week. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich has been a common theme, as have cereal and beans and rice. Unsurprisingly, participants have reported it difficult to incorporate meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables into their meals, particularly green vegetables.
Of course, the point of the challenge is to raise awareness of the tough choices many Americans have to make. To know what it's like to face a world filled with food without an extra dollar or two for a mid-afternoon snack. To experience the choice between accepting a handout and going hungry. To appreciate the importance of the nation's food banks and the important service they provide.
Think you could take the challenge?
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