The Hunger Challenge: Blogging for (More) Food

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Can you imagine creating three nutritious meals a day? Can you imagine doing that with a budget of $3…for all three meals? To highlight how difficult it is for those who have to make ends meet on food stamps, the San Francisco Food Bank launched The Hunger Challenge this week.

Several SF bloggers have taken up the challenge, which is to try to live for a week on a food budget of $21. Their experiences are eye opening. The truth is, it’s impossible to feed yourself anything close to a proper nutritious diet on $3 a day, yet many people in San Francisco do. It’s hard to imagine what their lives would be like if there weren’t places like the SF Food Bank to help pick up some of the slack.

Among the vast majority of hungry people who live in San Francisco, hunger is a hidden problem. It strikes individuals and families with children, as well as the elderly poor. Many of the people who need food assistance have full- or part-time jobs. But in a city where housing costs are among the highest in the nation, a full-time job does not guarantee that a family will be able to make ends meet. Low-income people are constantly making difficult choices among food, health care and rent; food is often the first thing to go.

150,000 San Franciscans are at risk of going hungry. That’s 1 in 4 children and 1 in 5 adults. But we’ve grown immune to these numbers, so something like
The Hunger Challenge really brings the situation up front and real.

The following bloggers are posting daily about their experiences: Cooking with Amy, The Inadvertent Gardener, Blog Appetit, VVanessa Barrington, and Been There Ate That. If you want to take a short walk in the shoes of a hungry SF citizen, go to Hunger 101. But most of all, please support your local food banks and other organizations that fight against hunger.