Well, what a night!
As you may know, we were featured on the 5 and 6 o’clock CTV news tonight regarding our blog, our month of buying nothing and our week of using the Calgary Food Bank to feed our families. It was so great to see that our efforts, our thoughts and our heart was put out there for others to see! We truly hope that by documenting this experience, we will help others to gain insight into how it might be to have to live off of a food hamper and ultimately, encourage them to donate more and donate more mindfully.
Check out our story here…
For those of you who are new to Deconstruct The Yuck – welcome! We are two Calgary women who started in January 2014 on a quest to complete 12, back to back, monthly challenges around all the “yucks” that bog us down and get in the way of our authentic lives. Please learn more about us here and follow our monthly challenges here. Thanks for joining us and we hope we will stay with us for our remaining days of 2014!
And now… back to the hamper…
I would like to spend a little time talking about what we have been eating and what we are seriously missing in our diets. Both Kyla and I have mentioned we are feeling a little “deprived”, but what exactly are we putting together from the food hamper and what is missing?
My family is eating:
- A LOT of cereal
- Some fresh fruit which is now gone (day 4)
- Meals based of nearly entirely carbs
- too many carrots (I am on a serious carrot overload!)
- pasta with sauce, Kraft Dinner noodles, soup with noodles, bread, crackers, jello, cookies… did I mention there are a lot of carbs??
- very little meat
- protein from mainly yogurt (which only has small amounts), milk (again, small amounts) and some peanut butter
- odd meal combinations, such as carrots, Kraft dinner and soup; scrambled eggs, carrots and yogurt; hot dogs, cereal and carrots.
What we WISH we were eating (within the confines of a food hamper):
- canned fruit
- canned vegetables
- frozen meat (i.e., ground beef, chicken)
- food paired together to create somewhat “normal” meals (for example, hot dogs with buns + can of corn + can of beans)
- ANY fresh food at all – any vegetable other than a carrot, additional fruit (i.e. apples), salad etc.
What I will now be donating to the food bank after having this experience:
- coffee, tea and hot chocolate (and maybe ice tea and lemonade in the summer) – these items are such a treat and although they are taken for granted, they are such a comfort when stressed
- canned fruit and veggies – I cannot stress this enough – this was seriously lacking from the hampers. The ONLY non-starchy vegetable we received were carrots and aside from a couple small containers of grocery-mixed fruit, we have only been eating oranges
- Sources of protein. I am not sure if you can donate frozen meat or cheese to the food bank – but these items are in need. But if not, real peanut butter would be a start. If I donate beans as a protein source, it would be great to tie it to some other products that go together to make something worth eating. A can of black beans, with nothing to pair with it, is hard to know what to do with.
- MONEY. For every $1 you give to the food bank, they are able to create $5 worth of food. The money goes a long way towards creating hampers that are balanced and have some variety.
Funny story for you… when we first picked up the food hamper we noticed there were two, single services of V8 vegetable juice. Now, I know some of you out there, like this stuff…. but for me… it is pretty gross. However, yesterday, I was thinking “my God – I am just dying for a vegetable here” and as you know desperate times call for desperate measures… so I went looking for the vegetable juice. Well, you can imagine my dismay when I found it – NEARLY gone! My husband apparently had felt the same way and had chugged some the night before!!!
The experience continues… but to be totally frank… I am grateful that it won’t continue for that much longer…