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Day 6- Lisa


This week has truly changed my perspective about hunger in the United States.  In my role as a public health dietitian, I often educate low-income individuals on the importance of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.  Until this week, I never truly understood the struggle that they are faced with when trying to consume this healthy, well-balanced diet on a very limited budget.  Now I know that it is extremely difficult.

Although I haven’t run out of food this week, I definitely have not been consuming well-balanced, healthy meals.  My limited budget forced me to choose more processed foods and many less whole grains, fruits and vegetables than I usually would.  As a result, I have felt sluggish.  I have been preoccupied with food, and it has been hard to concentrate.  I can’t help but wonder how I would survive living on this food budget while working a full-time (or maybe two) jobs, as some people do when trying to make ends meet.

I will use what I have learned from this experience when I provide nutrition education in the future.   I will involve the participants in the discussions, get their feedback, and ask them to share their own personal tips for eating healthy on a budget.  I will encourage people to increase their intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and I will be sure to provide examples of ways to do this that are realistic and affordable.  I will promote programs like Double Up Food Bucks, which provides SNAP recipients with a one-to-one match to purchas healthy. locally grown fruits and vegetables.  I will encourage them to do the best that they can with what they have.

While it has not been fun, it sure has been worthwhile.  I would strongly recommend taking the SNAP Challenge for a week if it is something that you have never experienced.




  1. Deb Ralya
    Deb Ralya01-09-2015

    Hi Lisa,
    I’ve been asked to write a short article for the CAH newsletter highlighting the reasons for people to donate healthy foods to food pantries. I was looking at the Food Policy Council site for inspiration, and read your blog entry from Oct. 2014 when you were doing the SNAP challenge.

    I hope you don’t mind if I paraphrase some of your thoughts in my article. I won’t use your name, but may reference the FPC site….not sure yet, but will it be okay with you if I do?

    I’ve been asked to have the short piece done by early next week. Wanted to ask your thoughts as I’m working on it today.
    Stay safe and warm,
    Deb Ralya
    Community Action House

  2. Jessica Corwin
    Jessica Corwin11-21-2016

    Love learning through your experience, Lisa! One day I may have to join you and try this myself.

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