$5 Dinners + No Kid Hungry
A few months ago, I watched the documentary A Place at the Table, which highlights food insecurity in the US. I’ll tell you that the face of hunger wasn’t what I expected. Not only are millions of children hungry everyday, but hunger affects people of every race and religion. I was surprised to learn just how much hunger affects children’s ability to learn and grow. Watching this film was certainly eye-opening for me, and I highly recommend watching it if you get the chance. Here’s the trailer:
When I got the chance to sign on as a No Kid Hungry blogger, I knew it was something I wanted to take on. No Kid Hungry is dedicated to “connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority (source).”
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is just one tool in helping feed hungry people. In 2013, the average monthly SNAP benefit was $136.40 or $4.48 per person per day in Georgia (source). I decided to do a series of $5 dinners for two people as a personal challenge and a way to bring awareness to the plight of the millions of Americans. My hope is that the resulting experiences and recipes can be helpful in other ways, too. While I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to truly be hungry, I do know what it’s like to be married to a grad student with a teeny tiny budget.
There is no doubt that hunger is a problem, and I hope to shine a light on how many of my own neighbors live. Regardless of your politics and how you think hunger should be solved, I hope you’ll follow along during this series and consider finding your own way to get involved.
If you’re interested in becoming a No Kid Hungry blogger, click here.