Three to four dollars a day: That is what a person on
When I first heard that number, I was astounded. As a food writer, I've always supported organizations that work to feed hungry people, mostly by writing about their efforts so the public would become more involved. But when the Great Recession of 2008 cut into my income, I became very much aware of how hard it is to feed yourself well on a tight budget. Still, I managed to squeeze my fair trade, organic coffee and favorite fresh produce into my weekly food budget while buying budget-friendly beans, pasta and eggs to create my meals.
I would never make it on $4 a day. I can’t even begin to imagine trying.
According to Share Our Strength, 48.8 million Americans struggle to have enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Worst of all, many are children—16.2 million. That means 1 in 5 children aren't getting enough to eat. Many are able to get meals at school through free and reduced cost breakfast and lunch programs, but what about when they aren't in school?
Frankly, it is incomprehensible that in 2013 there are people going hungry in this country.
Today a community of more than 200 food bloggers is raising its collective voice against hunger in the
There is a wonderful film out now, A Place
at the Table, starring Jeff Bridges, Chef Tom Colicchio, and many others, that explores hunger in this country. You can check out the trailer for the film here, and watch at a theater near you or On Demand through iTunes and Amazon.
Please, please, please, take 30 seconds to click on this link and let our government leaders know we will no longer stand for hungry kids in
America. I did! At this time of budget cuts, don’t let programs that feed hungry children fall
under the knife.
Let’s make our voices heard!
Adapted from a recipe in the New York Times,
November 10, 2004.
1/2 pound Italian sausage
1/2 pound hamburger (I used ground chuck.)
1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes in puree
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 pound ziti or penne
1 2-cup bag grated mozzarella
Oil for cooking
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Turn on a large pot of water to boil. Grease a 9- by 13-inch baking dish and set aside.
If the Italian sausage came in links, squeeze the meat out of the casing so you are left with the ground meat. In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown the sausage and hamburger. Lower the heat to medium and add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent and tender. Add the tomatoes and oregano. Simmer on low. Do not let the sauce become too thick.