There is a reason for the adage — a picture is worth a thousand words. My lunch on Thursday, pictured here, consisted of a peanut butter sandwich (7 cents), a banana (16 cents) and a carrot (7 cents). For 30 cents, it was a pretty nutritious meal.
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving and this year Americans will spend, on average, $45.79 for a traditional meal for a gathering of 10 people. That’s a 16-pound turkey with all of the fixings, including pumpkin pie with whipped cream, for $4.58 a person.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I intend to enjoy every bite of my meal that day. We all should. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about.
But what if every American donated just 30 cents — the cost of a peanut butter sandwich, banana and carrot — to Meals on Wheels or a local food shelf on Thanksgiving? If that were to happen, by the end of Thanksgiving Day more than $92 million would have been raised for hunger relief in this country. That would be one more thing to be grateful for.
|Making A SNAP Decision To Live On $3.95 A Day|
With more Minnesotans than ever before relying on food shelves and food stamps to alleviate hunger, Kevin Winge, executive director of Open of Arms of Minnesota, is taking the SNAP challenge-living on a one-week food budget of $27.65 – the approximate amount of money an individual receives in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) support, formerly known as food stamps. That comes to $3.95 a day-the cost of a single cappuccino. Kevin’s SNAP challenge goes from November 18 to Thanksgiving Day. Other community members joined in on slightly different schedules.
Community members can participate in this SNAP challenge by: