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Entries in food bank (2)


So this is what it's like to try and get food (stamps)

Remember that trip I took to Texas back in January?

The one where I learned about the ConAgra Foods Foundation's work with the Share our Strength organization and specifically, with the Cooking Matters program?

Remember how I got to see the North Texas Food Bank warehouse?

Remember how I sat in on a few Cooking Matters classes that teach not only basic nutrition, but also ways to shop and cook healthy on a budget?

Well all of that was great. But there was an experience I had, and video taped, back in January that shows exactly WHY ConAgra Foods Foundation's support of Cooking Matters is so important.


That is the best word I can find to describe how it must feel to try and feed a family when you do not have the money to do so. Sure, there are 'social services' available - but it's not easy to obtain them.

And to give us an idea, the Cooking Matters bootcamp folks made us go through a simulation, if you will.

This was my experience:


What would you have done?

Disclosure: ConAgra and Share our Strength paid for my trip to Texas and I will receive a stipend for my work helping to tell the story and promote Cooking Matters. As always, all opinions and experiences are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to posting.


If you ever need someone to fast with you, don't call me

Yesterday I had to fast for an insurance thing.

I had to not eat anything for 8-12 hours. I had to abstain from MY 4 food groups: coffee, chocolate, cheese and crackers... among other things.

I could only have water.

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I was miserable.

I was cranky, tired, distracted, and unable to really focus.

You would have thought I hadn't eaten in days the way I was acting!

Which got me thinking...what DOES it feel like to not eat for days?

I decided I did not want to find out.

And I wanted to do a little something for people who do know what it's like.

Give to your local food bank this holiday season and all year long.

So needy parents and kids don't have to fast.