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My challenge has started

My name is Tamara Grubb and I’m the Chief Operating Officer at Second Harvest Community Food Bank. I joined our CEO David Davenport for the Food Stamp Challenge this week.

So far, I have had a slightly different experience than my partners. I was in St. Louis for my son and daughter’s hockey tournament when the Challenge started, and being the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t go to the store before I left town! When Sunday arrived I didn’t want to waste any of my budget, so I drank water until we arrived home from St. Louis around 4:00 Sunday night. First stop…THE STORE!!! I explained to Zach (my son) what I was doing and that he was my shopping partner. You know how they say never go to the store when you’re hungry? Oh, was waiting until Sunday night a bad idea! Not only was I starving, but I had only $28!

The store was crazy busy and I was holding up every aisle I went to, checking prices and exploring all my options. I never realized how many products don’t have a clear price displayed for them. It was really difficult to figure out how much I was spending. I am a very picky eater and am notorious for not eating food unless it sounds good. Insane, I know.

I originally told myself I was going to buy fresh and not buy any “meals in a box”. However, with the price of meat, I couldn’t afford to eat anything else. I really like eating cereal, so for breakfast I was going to have cereal. I love mac & cheese, so I was going to buy a few boxes. Problem…by the time I bought the box of cereal and the mac & cheese I couldn’t afford the milk!

Food Stamp Challenge Food

Reality set in and I had to get a little more creative. I bought the easy mac & cheese, so I didn’t have to buy milk. I gave up the cereal. I got a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly. I can have toast for breakfast and pb&j for lunch or dinner. I also bought some pre-made tuna salad for sandwiches. I bought orange juice because it was less expensive than milk, and since I didn’t need the milk for cooking I would rather have a glass of oj than milk. For snacks I have pretzel crackers, chips and apples. For a hot meal I bought chicken alfredo.

I don’t think I have enough for 3 meals a day for a week, but I will have to make do. I spent $25.33, so I have a little left over. I think I will probably need another loaf of bread!

I am so lucky Zach went with me on my store adventure…he was awesome! I think he took something back to an aisle at least 5 times while I was changing my mind and recalculating my bill!


Posted by Tamara Grubb, COO - Monday, 03/12/12, 04:26 PM - Comments - Category: Food Stamp Challenge 2012

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