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September 23, 2008



That's fantastic. I would like to be able to do that, but if you remember TGF is a junk food/name brand queen. Drives me nuts.

Maria Niles

Hmmm - I wonder if it could be done with junk food/name brand foods. It probably could be - that might be a fun challenge.

You might appreciate that I did the majority of my shopping at Trader Joe's. I was impressed that they had such great prices on staples. Far better prices than Safeway. Though I could have probably done just about everything from bulk bins between Whole Foods and Farmer Joes and loaded up a lot more food.

Alanna @ A Veggie Venture

Good for you, Maria - will look forward to what you come up with. It doesn't sound like a lot of food, let alone variety, for an entire week.


Maria,thanks so much for taking the Hunger Challenge and sharing your insights. It's great to have another perspective. I'll definitely be checking out your posts!


Thank you for taking part and highlighting some of the challenges low-income people face in just getting enough to eat every day. I really appreciate that you touched on one coping strategy a lot of Food Bank clients rely on: buying a cheap, relatively unhealthy food (ramen noodles) and dressing it up with vegetables. There just aren't a lot of great choices available to our clients when they try to stretch their food dollars at the grocery store - which, more often than not, is unfortunately not TJ's or Whole Foods, but the neighborhood corner store.
Great job! Thanks again.

Maria Niles

Thanks, Kei. The dressed up ramen trick is a staple from my broke college student days. Scarily it was one of the healthier food options I made back then.

I am happy though that there are stores like Farmer Joe's ( here in Oakland and are accessible from lower income neighborhoods which have great prices on produce and an extensive selection of bulk items - it is a sorely lacking option to most, though. I can't imagine the choices one would have to make if they had to shop in corner or liquor stores.

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