Well, I just got home from Meagan’s house where we were interviewed by CTV on this month’s ‘Essential Potential’ challenge and our current partnership with the Calgary Food Bank. Please check out our story! It will be aired tomorrow evening, which is timely because tomorrow is Black Friday and also (more importantly) Buy Nothing Day.
Alright, we are on Day 3 of a week living on a food hamper. What are my observations so far? Well, I think Meagan aptly captured the flavour (yes, pun intended!) of the experience on her most recent post. Here are some things that I have noticed/found myself doing over the past few days:
- Counting cheese slices (literally!) to ensure we will have enough to last us through the week.
- Smelling, inspecting and tasting food items before I give them to my son (many of the perishable products are either on the ‘Best Before’ date, or slightly over).
- Planning! Planning! Planning! My husband and I are strategically organizing the food so that we can maximize the number and quality of meals and snacks over the week.
- Coming to the conscious realization that food preferences are secondary, and ultimately, a privilege. Really, when you think of the privileges in your life, do food preferences immediately come to mind? Prior to this experience, housing, heat, and food in general came to my mind, but not necessarily food preferences.
- Getting creative and pairing unconventional items together to make a balanced meal.
- Thinking about how my experience of eating from a food hamper is temporary – only a week long – and pondering how it would feel to not know how I’m going to get food on the table once the hamper runs out.
- Cringing when my toddler leaves uneaten food on the plate – toddlers are the ultimate food wasters!
- Feeling so very grateful (yet again) that I currently have the financial resources to not worry about how I will finance my meals, for myself or my family.
- Remembering my own past donations to the food bank and how I will now choose my food items more carefully to better meet the needs of those who receive food hampers.
I know we are only 3 days in, but I am certain this experience will stay with me for years to come.