Thankfully, here in Lincoln, NE, we have Food Net.
Now, I've mentioned foodnet on my blog before, and I've also mentioned it on facebook. I've received some questions about it, and also some comments. There seem to be some misunderstandings of what food net is all about.
It's not a government funded thing. It doesn't rely on citizen's donations. It's not necessarily a charity to help the poor. Although it does that. It is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers, aiming to meet the hunger needs of people in Lincoln, while saving food from going to the landfill. They take take the food that stores would normally throw away, they sort it and take it to foodnet sites where ALL people are free to come and take their share.
Quote from their website:
Q: Are there any income restrictions?
A: No. Anyone that is in need of food is welcome to pick up from any site. There are no qualifications, no forms, no income guidelines, and no limits on how many times you visit the sites.
We are taking food which is in perfectly decent condition, yet would otherwise be tragically wasted and thrown away, and we are putting it to good use. Many needy people use foodnet to feed their families. Some people come along just for the eco friendly aspect of it. Others, just because every little bit helps.
This month, we've really needed it, and so far we've visited a number of times.
Our challenge is to spend as close to $0 as possible on food. This week, we spent just under $40 to feed our family of 6. It's higher than I would have liked, but it's not bad. We spent that money on:
Beer (ok, not an essential item, I know, but it was a nice treat!)
Everything else came either from foodnet, or some other bits and pieces which were gifted to us by friends.
Here's some of the stuff we picked up from Food Net
Here's what we ate this week (some of this used resources we already had in the house)
Sunday: Creamy, spinach and mushroom French bread Strombolis, honey chili tofu kebabs (UK style kebabs, like a gyro type thing)
I planned to photograph all our meals, but that was the only one I ended up taking. Oh, other than this lunch
Monday lentil chili on mashed potato
Tuesday potato fritters, cheesy broccoli rice casserole
Wednesday spaghetti with peas, garlic bread
Thursday home made pizza, garlic bread
Friday jalapeno poppers, beans n toast
Saturday Cheesy Pasta Marinara
Lots of yummy meals. I forgot what all we did for lunches but we were well fed. Not too bad for $40. Let see how well we can do this week...