When I was in elementary school I hung out with a girl named Donna who lived around the block from me. Her mom worked as a waitress. She didn't remember her dad. Her older brother and sister were in high school. I used to go to the grocery store with her. Why a fifth grader was in charge of shopping I didn't know? Donna was often alone, so I guess if she got hungry she had to shop herself. She paid the grocer with food stamps. I had never seen these before. The only stamps I knew were the green kind that my mom saved up in a booklet and redeemed them at a special "Green Stamp" store for things like crockpots and toasters.
My mother said that Donna could eat at our house whenever she wanted too. I didn't really understand why she had such a privilege that my other friends didn't have. But, sometimes when I ate with Donna she would make really weird things. Like pasta with tomato soup or mayonnaise sandwiches. I didn't understand that sometimes this was all she had to eat.
What would you do if you were hungry? If you only had 3 to 4 dollars a day to spend on food for each member of your family?
I went to the grocery store with $112 (4 members of my family, $4 a day, for seven days worth of food.)
This is what I bought.
What would you buy?
Oatmeal with milk and bananas or apples, eggs, coffee
Tuna, cheese, or peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
Roast the chicken on top of the vegetables.
Remove all meat from chicken. Scraps save for chicken soup or chicken salad.
Need to cook perishable greens. Broccoli rabe, beans, in olive oil sauce over pasta.
Beef Stew: Slow cookers can be found at tag sales.( I got one that way.)
Cook beef and vegetables in a crockpot while at work.
Black Beans cook in slow cooker with pepper and some onion too. Make corn bread in a skillet.
Beef Barley Soup
Pasta and Marinara Sauce