So my family agreed last week was hard. I feel like the challenge (my goal of trying to keep my family full and satisified with healthy food on such a limited budget) was all consuming. Everything else seemed like a blur, and other than our daily lives of school, homework and blogging, not much was accomplished. I simply didn’t have the time or energy. We also missed our social life and the ability to have people over and feel like we could host and provide for them.
My car broke down the day after the challenge ended. If this had happened during the hunger challenge I would not have been able to handle it so well (car was towed and kids and I walked 1.2 miles in 85 degree heat). Because we were able to get a icy, fruit smoothie and emergency snacks out of the trunk (yes, I keep nuts and graham crackers usually for when hunger strikes) for our walk home – it became another adventure – rather than a hardship. If we had been hungry and thirsty and not able to refresh our bodies with fuel, we wouldn’t have had the energy or spirit to walk home.
So there is much to be thankful for and we’re glad the unhappy faces are down from the cupboards and we’ve been grocery shopping again. My kids even have ideas for next year (they said it). Unfortuantely hunger will still exist next year (although we can hope the numbers of people effected go down) and thus another challenge.
I’m happy to annouce the KGO Fight Hunger Day last week is still totaling and pulling in donations for the Bay Area food banks, and is now over $185,000. Well done. I think the more people are able to spread the word, the more we can all help each other. Thanks for reading, caring and sharing. And thanks to my family for supporting the challenge 100%.