Friday, March 29th: It is our last day taking the Food Stamp Challenge. It’s amazing how much this experience has raised our awareness and changed perceptions about food on many levels. It’s been a difficult week and, while I know that the whole family is excited for me to go on our ‘normal’ grocery shopping trip tomorrow, there are several things we will all take from this going forward.
One thing that became very clear through our experience participating in Hunger Action Week was how much less food we've thrown away this week than usual. Today for example, the kids are all bringing leftovers to school for lunch and using up the last of everything. We will be paying attention in the coming weeks to how much food we are wasting. It’s shocking to look at how much food is wasted in this country, especially when we know that there are so many people who don’t have enough to eat.
Last night, we talked again about what a relief it was to have the egg casserole from mom (I’ll put the recipe at the bottom of this post) and how important it was to us, both for the extra food and for the thought behind it. Quinn mentioned that he felt the same when his friend gave him that piece of pizza earlier in the week. We all decided that preparing a meal for a person or family we know who may be going through a hard time or struggling with illness could be a really powerful gesture and something that we will definitely do.
We also decided that we are going to volunteer and donate as a family to a local food bank or community garden. The kids are very invested in this issue after this week. They think getting to know people who work in this field or talking with people who are struggling with food insecurity will bring more understanding and empathy towards the problem in our community.
Although it was tight, we were able to feed our family and house guest on the $35 per day ($175 per week) allotment for the 7 of us. It makes us realize we need to be more intentional with our shopping lists and conscious of how much we are spending. Most of all, we are committed to using what we buy.
We are grateful that United Way of King County is helping to raise awareness around the issue of hunger in our community. Not only is United Way passionate about helping struggling families put food on the table, they are also helping people and entire communities gain access to healthy food. These efforts and the work of thousands of volunteers, donors and staff will, over the long term, help our community become healthier, stronger and hopefully end hunger in King County.
Thanks to all of you for reading these posts and for helping to raise awareness about hunger in our communities. This has been a very rewarding experience. – Dan and Annie
Nancy’s Breakfast Soufflé
(Make the night before)
Butter 8” X 13” baking pan.
- 8 slices of bread – crust removed butter 1 side, cube and line bottom of pan
- 8 oz. shredded swiss cheese
- 8 oz. mild or sharp shredded cheddar cheese
- 1-2 pkg. Oscar Mayer precooked bacon cut into bites (our kids love bacon)
Mix bread cubes, cheese and bacon in baking pan.
- 6 eggs
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 t. dried mustard
- ½ t. pepper
- 1 t. salt
Combine eggs, milk, dried mustard, pepper and salt and beat in a bowl until foamy. Pour egg mixture over cheese, bread and bacon in baking pan very slowly. Cover with wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
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