Dehumanizing the Poor

Everyone has that one story they could tell and sometimes do, about that woman in the checkout line with her fancy shoes and perfect manicure and designer purse and expensive weave (because the woman in this story is nearly always black, which…is going to need to be its own post so that I don’t fly…

Pickles

I was recently hanging out with a friend who was eating while I was not. Being on the Food Stamp Challenge, I now think about eating before I leave the house so that I’m not ravenous while sitting in a place where the food doesn’t fit in my budget (which is basically anywhere). I wasn’t…

EBT Cards

If I ever do the Food Stamp Challenge again, I am going to try to get hold of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card somehow (and I will almost certainly do this again; I have a plan, as no one who knows me is surprised to discover). ¬†Obviously, I don’t need the actual benefits, but a…

Government Assistance

Along this Lenten journey, some of the comments I’ve received on Facebook have made me realize that I probably need to make some things clear about my voluntary participation in¬†the Food Stamp Challenge for Lent, as opposed to the actual reality of people who depend on supplemental nutrition assistance programs (SNAP). The biggest difference is…

The Joy of $2 Pork Chops

When I’m not on the Food Stamp Challenge, and I want to get a lot of food mileage out of one meat purchase, I’ll often buy a ham. I can slice it for sandwiches or to eat on its own, or chop it up and put it in soups, omelets, salads, etc. It spreads out…