Hunger Challenge Wrap Up

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%.

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KGO Fights Hunger Day – Tune In Sept. 16th

It’s day 5 and while some things are getting easier others are not.  I think as a family this has been a stressful week.  It is my kids’ first full week of school.  Not as hard on my son as it is my daughter who started kindergarten.  Participating in the hunger challenge for the kids was a fun game at first.  Then there were all the questions and the sighs/groans about not having access to something they’re used to eating.  Now they just ask, “Is this still the hunger challenge?”  I’d like to think it’s because they don’t think they’re missing anything (dinner looks like what we eat for the most part) , but maybe they’re just resolved to getting through it.  It’s taking a toll.  Not just my being hungry and likley more irritable at times, but all the effort of pouring over food lists, talking about the challenge, working on blogs, taking photos of every morsel we eat.  But it is worth it because people are talking about the issue and raising money and awareness, and that’s important.

I’m very excited to be part of KGO Fight’s Hunger Day tomorrow.  I’ll be talking about the challenge and my family’s experiences on the Gil Gross Show between 2 – 4pm live from the SF Food Bank.  The station will be broadcasting from food banks all over the bay area and taking donations.  Click here for more info and the day’s line-up.

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