Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC)

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SNAP Food Challenge Blog – Teri Knight – Day 4

March 30, 2017

I get up very early during the week and am at work by around 4:45 a.m.  That means I don’t often have anything to eat until about 7:45 a.m. – just plenty of coffee! Today I had a banana right away. And an apple at my usual eating time. While recording news at 11:00 a.m. to air at noon, my stomach growled so loudly I had to re-record it! I had also just looked at recipes on Yummly, one of my favorite sites.  That might have had something to do with the growling! I realized that many of those ingredients I couldn’t afford to buy this week. And in some instances, at all! Almond milk is about twice the cost of regular, some of the spices that might be considered “exotic” would also be considered expensive for a $5 a day budget. Just a quick trip to the grocery store for, say, fresh dates? Nope. Fruits like blueberries, raspberries … NOPE.  The best bet is frozen berries which do go on sale, but even then, one bag is over my daily budget.

Starting today, I have obligations that involve food/beverages for the rest of the week. So I’ll be “cheating” in a way. I added a picture of the lunch I had today (it was delicious!), a free meal at a gathering of City leaders regarding a program on Death and Dying and how to open up conversations about it. Which leads me to also think about those who are on fixed incomes (i.e., Social security) and how they might have to thoughtfully consider their food choices.

Dinner is a fried egg sandwich and water!  I’ll have a snack of cinnamon toast later.