Like a paroled prisoner blinking in the unaccustomed sunlight as the gates of the prison creak open, I am finishing my Food Security Challenge. Instead, the gates of the grocery store are opening and I am buying without having to plan what the ramifications of that purchase will be on my financial condition for the rest of the month.
I didn’t go crazy, but I did buy my ultimate treat, an almond croissant from Renaud’s Patisserie. I don’t need to explain the necessity of this for those in the know, but like McConnell’s Salted Caramel Chip, these are my two major vices (that is in the food category).
In my last post I was two days to go and five apples to spread over it. After recklessly bobbing for three apples on day one, this left me with two for my final day. I was getting quite a few rumblings and was drinking a lot of water.
But I got through it. Just a single month, not even one with 30 days. Imagine having to do that month in and month out.
So what did I learn?
That with all the food literacy skills in the world, that without enough money for healthy food, it is a real struggle to stay healthy. Food stamps alone are not enough to get by with. It is vital to have the food programs that the Foodbank and our partner agencies run to provide additional produce and groceries. Otherwise the emergency rooms would be overflowed with those suffering from the negative results of poor diet – diseases of under and over nutrition, uncontrolled diabetes – the list is long.
Thanks to everyone who supported and followed the Food Security Challenge. It makes me proud to live in a community that cares so much.
See you next year? Uh…I think I’m going to give it a rest for a year or two. But you can try!