$25 Grocery Challenge–Day 4–the challenges of eating nutritiously



By Ed Nicholson

Today is the fourth day of my week of living on a food stamp food budget in the United Way of NW AR/ NW AR Food Bank $25 Grocery Challenge

In response to yesterday’s post about the challenges of eating nutritiously on a budget, our friend Jeff Wiedner from Share Our Strength reminded us that David Davenport* recently posted a link to a New York Times story (see how social media works) about how much more expensive it is to eat healthful, nutritious food than higher calorie foods with fewer nutrients. 

Ever hear anyone say, "How can he be hungry? He’s forty pounds overweight.  He could drop a few."  

I know how.

Yesterday’s main course at lunch, after my apple, was Ramen noodles (something I never ate much in my days as a low-income, semi-working musician).  At 18 cents a large serving, it’s probably one of the cheapest ways to fill up. But it’s crammed with sodium and calories. 

As of yesterday morning, I’d lost two pounds from the first two days of the experiment.  This morning when I weighed, I’d gained a pound and a half back.

It’s ironic that food insecurity and obesity often cohabitate.  But given the economic food choices, it’s not surprising. 


* Big hat tip to David Davenport, CEO of the phenomenally progressive Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.  David  lived on this  food budget for a month. Talk about a guy who puts his money where his mouth is!

One Reply to “$25 Grocery Challenge–Day 4–the challenges of eating nutritiously”

  1. David Davenport

    Ed –

    Thank you for taking up this important challenge. This isn’t easy at all but in the end I believe it will bring you (and those that follow) a better sense of the challenges and misconceptions surrounding the Food Stamp (SNAP) program. One big misconception is that it’s just a big give away – fact is that according to report by Moody’s economy.com "Assessing the Macro Economic Impact of the Fiscal Stimulus" – every dollar spent in increased Food Stamp benefits creates $1.73 in economic activity.


     Best of luck


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