Monday, October 22, 2012

My Food Stamp Challenge

For the week of November 11-17 I will be participating in the Jewish Community Food Stamp Challenge.  I  am going to spend only $31.50 on food for the week.  That is $4.50 per day.  This is amount those who live on food stamps are provided with.  I am unsure that I will be able to succeed given all of my dietary restrictions (kosher and gluten free) as well as some of my more expensive tastes (blackberries and yellow peppers) , but I do plan on learning a great deal about the challenges far too many Americans face.  45 million Americans receive food stamp benefits!  I will post my thoughts and experiences during the week.  If you would like to support the organization sponsoring the challenge follow this link.

It was not so long ago that we read the words of Isaiah:
No, this is the fast I desire:
To unlock fetters of wickedness,
And until the cords of the yoke
To let the oppressed go free;
to break off every yoke.
It is to share your bread with the hungry,
And to take the wretch poor into your home;
When you see the naked, to clothe him,
And not to ignore  your own kin. (58:6-7)
Perhaps my one week can make a difference.

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