September is Hunger Action Month

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Maybe you've seen the orange logos on television. Maybe you've seen the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry commercials that air on Food Network and Cooking Channel. Maybe you're taking the initiative to stop hunger in your area. Maybe you're participating in the SNAP challenge. Maybe you have no idea what I'm even talking about.

There are a decent amount of bloggers out there talking about this and I wanted to share my thoughts on it as well.

First, what is it? September is the month where Feeding America puts a real push out there for people to donate to their local food banks and pantries. The ultimate goal is for no child, no family, no person to go hungry in America.

If you've never experienced being hungry and not knowing where your next meal is going to come from, you take food for granted. It's just right there in the grocery store for you to buy. Just right in that drive thru line for you to order. But for many out there, food can't be taken for granted, which is just really sad. I can't even imagine that feeling and I strongly believe everyone should be doing something about it.

I could go on and on for pages (and days) with the issues I have with food and assistance in this country, but my thoughts and my opinions aren't going to solve everything or even, anything so I'll spare you all that tirade for the time being.

So what can you do? Well, check out Feeding America's website. They have resources of what you can do to help and you can easily Google "feeding america (cityname)" to find something in your area.

Something else you could do is to participate in the SNAP Challenge. You might know the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) as food stamps, which is its former name. The SNAP Challenge is where you need to eat all of your meals on $4.50 per person per day. ALL of your food needs to come from what is purchased with this amount. No free coffee at work. No leftover dinner from the week before. Why? Because many of the families receiving the SNAP benefits do not have these options.

From Sunday September 15th through Saturday September 21st the challenge is to live off your allotted $4.50 per person, per day. Think about how much money a coffee costs you each morning and compare that to what you spend for an entire day. Sickening, isn't it?

Now here is where I have to confess something. I had every plan to participate in this challenge. However, I realized that I had food that was going to go bad if I didn't make it up this week. I couldn't freeze it and it was opened, so I couldn't donate it. I would rather skip participating in the challenge than throw away perfectly good food to participate.

So, check back in on Wednesday where you will find recipes I've prepared that meet the SNAP specifications. 

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