Today's impromptu post is inspired by Tom Hiddleston's Twitter feed, which I am
There ya go. Anyway, I've been toying with the idea of signing up for this, except for the fact that it's
One reason I've brought this up is because, obviously, this ties right back into the previous humanitarian posts. Also, I'm a total foodie. I'm one of those hipsters trying to figure out what to make of organic and buying local and shopping at Whole Foods and considering vegetarianism... well, you get the idea. It's also family related, for health-related reasons but also because my mother works as a lunch lady in a elementary school in my hometown. She often comes home from work with interesting stories, in regards to nutrition and the free lunch program (a program that helps students from low-income families recieve meals if their parents can't afford to keep money in their lunch account). My mother had an interesting story for me when I was home over spring break when she came home from work one day and I wanted to write about it, but it wasn't relevant. Now it strangely is.
The item on the menu for the day at her school were Italian Dunkers, these slices of garlic bread covered in melted cheese and served with marinara sauce for "dunking," if you will. Despite the fact that the kinds in my mother's school have eaten these before and have been in school for nearly an entire year now, they didn't know what the menu item was and ordered the alternative of a bag lunch or a salad instead. But when they realized the it was a food item they actually liked, they simply threw out their bags or salads and got a hot lunch, essentially paying for lunch twice and just tossing out the food they didn't want.
This story came either just shortly after or around the same time I was writing The Hunger Games post. Hearing this literally turned my stomach. I mean, it's one thing to already see so many parallels with the Capitol in The Hunger Games, like basically having the ability to push a button and have food appear for you. But this put it in such an extreme, darker perspective. My mom has told me stories before about all the food kids waste but this was the pinnacle of it. I could never have imagined doing this as a kid. For one, my parents would have been furious. But another was that I was aware that other kids didn't have the same conveniences I did. Sure, I was never given the "There's children starving in Africa line" but I knew not to take food I wasn't going to eat. However, the kids at my mother's school take loads of fruit off the food line only to just toss it out. In a society that seems as if it's more aware that there is hunger and starvation throughout the world, how is it
What's more, this has made me realize the weirdness of my food buying habits. I confess, I don't buy my own groceries. I work for peanuts, so I generally have my parents buy groceries for me. Also, the U of M campus is ridiculously devoid of grocery stores. There's one on University Avenue (off-campus) that I can walk to, but it's a Lunds and they're essentially a luxury grocery store (lots of high-end, organic foods and carpet... I had never seen grocery stores with carpet in them before I moved to Minnesota. I still think it's weird). And thus, I generally don't know how much I'm spending on
I also don't know the cost of common foods, like bread and carrots and things. It doesn't help that every store has a different price point and that things like bread change pricing depending on whether it's wheat or whole grain or white bread or some kind of specialty bread. But I do know that living on $1.50 a day sounds ridiculously, ridiculously low. Maybe if you were able to buy foods in bulk quantities (like at Sam's Club, a chain owned by the same corporation that owns Walmart, which sells things in huge massive quantities for cheap-ish prices), it would be more manageable. But memberships to these sorts of stores cost money. So that isn't even helpful. Essentially, you're just screwed. And this makes me terribly, terribly sad.
As you can probably tell by all of this rambling, I'm interested in this. However, I'm probably not going to register for the challenge, as I mentioned above. I'd love to give money to one of the charities the campaign is supporting, but it would probably be easier for me to give to someone else who is already doing this then registering myself and trying to convince people to donate on my behalf. Also, I'm a college student. Living on $1.50 a day is going to be hard with class and everything. Passing out because I
|My tiny kitchen|
Sooo.... with that much ado about nothing, here's what I'm getting at: next week, for five days, I'm going to figure out what my average budget of food per day is (I'm waiting til next week so I can get groceries and know how much stuff costs). Then, I'll figure that out and decide whether or not I can manage the $1.50 per day. If I do it, I'll probably blog about it, if that wouldn't be super annoying. I'm really interested in this, in part because of my already present interest in cooking and cuisine and nutrition, but also from this standpoint of caring about people and poverty and so forth. Also, I blame my mother for ruining my life and caring more about the school lunch program more than I already did (why did you let me watch that Jamie Oliver show with you, mom? Now I care about your job way too much! Not that that's a bad thing :D)