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Food Stamp Challenge – Day Seven

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in NEWS AND REPORTS

Food Stamp Challenge – Day Seven

Day Seven is here.  Despite a few hunger pangs and the constant reminder of the harsh realities of a life dependent on food stamps, I am thankful for the learning opportunity. Easy for me to say since I can move forward from this space I’ve been in for the past week. I can go back to my $100 grocery bills, my Chinese take out dinners, and my afternoon coffee or pop pick me up and think nothing of it. And while a week’s worth of reflections will never solve what many consider an intractable problem (“the poor will always be with us”), this time has allowed me to offer my voice to the conversation. To me, it is a conversation that needs...

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Food Stamp Challenge – Day Six

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 in NEWS AND REPORTS

Food Stamp Challenge – Day Six

On Friday I got up early… too early.  3:30am early. The good thing about getting up early is that you can get a lot of stuff done.  Devotions, laundry, sermon prep, newsletter article, shower…. all before the kids get up. The bad thing about getting up early is that your body needs something to keep it going. 4:00am – bread and butter. 6am – yogurt. 8am – banana. By this time I had officially run out of all my breakfast foods and snacks. (Well, besides eggs but I had run out of time to make those.) When I arrived to the Mission I was hungry again. For lunch I ran out of my tuna and bread so I ate some leftover carrots.  I also turned down...

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Food Stamp Challenge – Day Five

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 in NEWS AND REPORTS

Food Stamp Challenge – Day Five

Today was one of those long days for me. Up early, multiple meetings throughout the day, and a bunch of items on the to-do list when I got home. Mid-way through the afternoon I could feel my energy level take a nose dive. I decided to stand up at my desk to work, but all I really wanted to do was sleep under it! The temptations were many – my husband’s food in the refrigerator, the lunch meeting at Damon’s (oh how I love their pretzels!), and the Chinese place I pass on my way home.  No one would know if I had a sip of wonton soup, would they? In the grand scheme of things, the “hardships” I’m going through right now are nothing...

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Food Stamp Challenge – Day Four

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in NEWS AND REPORTS

Food Stamp Challenge – Day Four

Half way through the experience and I find myself feeling quite convicted.  I can’t put my finger on it yet… still seeking to hear from God… but I keep coming back to the words I once read by Mark Batterson, “A change of pace plus a change of place, brings a change of perspective.”  This week I am becoming more mindful of the many things I take for granted so often. Today, after my toast (and yes, a small coffee since they are free at McDonalds this week!) I set out to visit a local food pantry.  It’s becoming obvious to me the struggle is real for families living off food stamps alone.  Supplemental food is almost always needed. ...

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Food Stamp Challenge – Day Three

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in NEWS AND REPORTS

Food Stamp Challenge – Day Three

Today I met a friend for breakfast. I had oatmeal with raisins (and coffee!). I tried to pick one of the least expensive foods on the menu as I knew this would take away from the money I was budgeting for next week’s food. My friend actually ended up paying (thanks Ann!) And thank God for providing once again! Day Three into the Challenge and I am still thankful for the opportunity. It’s one thing to talk about the hardships people face… it’s another thing to experience them firsthand. Today’s “challenge” I set for myself was to better understand the system our folks must enter into to receive food stamp (SNAP) assistance. I...

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Food Stamp Challenge – Day Two

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 in NEWS AND REPORTS

Food Stamp Challenge – Day Two

4:30am.  Elliot, our three month old, is up and ready to eat. 5:00am.  Theo, our two year old, wakes up because he hears Elliot. 6:00am.  Both boys still up and now I need to get ready for work.  It’s then when I realize I should eat breakfast.  Eggs and toast it is.  Water to drink.  I usually have coffee too but since I didn’t have enough money to purchase it at the store I had to forego my early morning caffeine buzz. 9:00am.  So hungry…. (why did I get up so early?!)  Remembered I had packed a banana for lunch. 12noon.  Everyone ordered take out for lunch at the office.  I opted for my tuna fish sandwich and carrots.  No problem today since I...

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