In 10 short days we have stocked our pantry. Imagining that we had nothing, I have purchased duplicate toothbrushes, deodorant, diapers, cloth diapers to help me feel more secure, sandwich bags, garbage bags, toilet paper, feminie supplies and food. I have carefully planned to buy items that would feed the family - then added sale items than would make life enjoyable. We have not compromised the fresh produce, the milk nor eggs for which the children have asked. After all this, I can safely say I could feed my family for 4 weeks on the little we have purchased in 10 days.
Too many people do not have food to last a week in their homes. It is midnight and I am blogging because I am perplexed. It is time for Americans to wake up and die right - starting with our own homes. There is no excuse. I shop at a discount grocery store that accepts cash and food stamps. Most canned goods, beans, and even fresh produce can be purchased there at very reasonable prices. If anyone is receiving food stamps, their shelves should be full within weeks with enough food to feed their family for months. Money is not the issue. Rice is only $8.00 for 25 pounds that will yield 252 servings. For one person that would provide something to eat for 70% of the year - for $8.00!!
Too many families find it too easy to buy a fast food meal - easily dropping $5-6.00 rather than cook. Some families have been unemployed, had to ask for welfare within three days, received aid and still have an attitude that "I don't know how to cook rice and I don't want to know."
Hello! The world's financial markets are in total disarray. Even the top financial advisors are asking "What good is gold when this world economy crashes?" There are only two things worth having - land and FOOD. People have relinquished personal power to big government which has a welfare state. Governments cannot support a welfare state for long without going in debt. America's 7 trillion dollar debt is minute compared to the 700 trillion derivative debt that is pushing international instability. It doesn't take a financial expert to tell us debt is bad, unpaid debt is dishonest and unsastainable, depending on a welfare check is risky, and choosing to feed your family with a welfare check when one could have prepared is living a lie.
Breakfast: Footballs with milk and orange juice.
Lunch: Raviolis leftover from a church cookout. We served them over rice to help extend the meal.
Dinner: Boiled potatoes, mesquite fried chicken, with a tomato sauce.
(Half my battle is trying to keep the children away from our real pantry - "No you can't have peaches, I haven't bought any yet for our experiment with the blog!")