Amanda: Success with Staple Items
I have participated in the SNAP challenge for a few years now and always walk away with something new to think about and reflect upon. As we know, 2020 has been a challenging year for most of humanity, if not all of humanity. I often think about the many individuals I’ve spoken with over the past several months who feel the full economic & physical effects of the pandemic. Now, more than ever, I understand that anybody is one step away from being food insecure due to illness, job loss, homelessness, and so much more.
Typically, my husband and I eat simply with a lot of fruits, vegetables and rice. This week our menu lacks some variety, but our $46.40 for 5 days has allowed us to purchase many staples we were excited about – especially coffee. It is, however, lacking some of our favorite indulgent foods – Ice cream, chocolate, & sparkling water. As lifelong Aldi shoppers, we love that we can find high quality essentials at great prices. Being gluten free, it can be difficult to find affordable foods and meals that taste great and also satisfy my gluten-loving husband. This often requires me to supplement our shopping at other stores (shout out to Walmart’s $1.38 gluten free mac & cheese!).
Fun fact - Did you know vegetable, fruit and herb seeds can be purchased with SNAP? Another shout out goes to our garden for providing cucumbers, lots of tomatoes, & herbs for iced tea – gardens are truly the gift that keeps on giving.
SNAP is our nation’s hunger safety net, and this week is an opportunity for my husband and I to break through the surface level to understand more deeply the purpose of SNAP and why it is so important!
-Amanda Kuhn, Social Services Coordinator at Beyond Hunger