This blog started as way for our family and friends to follow us as we embarked on a learning experiment to see if we could eat on a dollar a day. As we are both Social Justice teachers, part of this idea originated with our curiosity about issues related to poverty. Over the course of the experiment we raised $2300 for our local food pantry, the Community Resource Center.
Today, many bloggers are coming together to make a difference related to issues of hunger, and have named the day April Food Day. It seems fitting, considering that local food banks nationwide have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people looking for assistance. If you can, please consider donating to your local food bank or Feeding America.
In addition to issues of food stamp increases hitting headlines today as many states elevate assistance as the stimulus trickles in, the latest food recall is also making citizens uneasy about government food safety procedures. While it boggles my mind that there are 15 government agencies that play a role in this process, I was happy to learn that scientists are looking for new ways to keep us safe.
On the sustainability front, the Crunchy Chicken blog is challenging people to eat “sustainably” on the dollar equivalent of food stamps for the month of April. While some may have the luxury of trying this out, many people are too busy learning how to cook now that times are tight. And this back-to-the-kitchen movement has helped strengthen kitchenware sales, and even pushed restaurants towards giving away food.
Enjoy April Food Day, and consider doing what you can to help others.