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I have been in many conversations about why various people are participating and what is already eye-opening is just in the decision making process. It’s not an easy decision, and I’m thrilled so many have decided to take this one with us. For those who can’t participate for various reasons, I know that there are good conversations going on regardless, and people are amazed at how difficult it will be to do this in a healthful manner. I do want you to know that it can be done healthfully.
You might need to learn a few new tricks and be creative, but it can be done! You might have to shop somewhere that you haven’t shopped before to get better discounts, and really pay attention to details like which brand is cheaper, and plan meals with more details. It is definitely more work, energy, time, and skills, but I believe in us!
Pay attention to your thoughts and concerns as you are making decisions, and if others around you can’t participate, ask them why. You may find that they have very good reasons, and then imagine just how hard it would be if we didn’t have this choice or option and we had to live on this allotment everyday with no break in sight. And this is the reality that so many in our service area face every day.
I’m proud to do this with you and certainly hesitant myself (as we all have food issues of one kind or another). Please do look at Harvesters’ website for ideas and for recipes and check out this SNAP Cookbook. You can also Google “food stamp recipes”. You will be surprised at how many sites are dedicated specifically to being healthy on a budget.
Here’s to planning and eating healthy next week on a limited budget as a community!
--Taryn Glidewell, Nutrition Services Manager at Harvesters
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