Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC)

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SNAP Food Challenge Blog – Mayor Rhonda Pownell – Day 1

March 27, 2017

The Pownell family of five has had a good start to our week of participating in the SNAP food challenge. Like Teri, our grocery shopping took longer as we compared prices and weighed items. Although I would say her soup looked rather delicious in comparison to our list of meal items!  We’ve had a varying response from our kids on this from one of concern on whether they will have enough to eat to outright groaning as they helped me purchase lentils.

The Grocery List

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Olive oil
  • Salad dressing
  • Broth
  • Salsa
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Refried beans
  • Pumpkin
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Flour
  • Lentils
  • Rice
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Chips
  • Frozen veggies
  • Canned veggies
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole chicken
  • Cliff bars
  • Butter
  • Coffee
  • Ground turkey
  • Burritos
  • Cheese and turkey slices

The Plan

I must say as a mom of at least one son who’s in the fridge ALL the time, I am a little concerned on whether this will be enough. We spent $170.88 instead of the $179.90 that we were allotted to help accommodate those little extras, like yeast and sugar for baking purposes.

On Sunday, the boys made 3 loaves of bread and a couple dozen scones.  The bread turned out great!  The scones were good, but they forgot the baking powder so they are a little dense. So thankful that they didn’t accidentally use baking soda which has happened before, as they would have been inedible, and we don’t have enough ingredients to make another batch!