The Austin Food Blogger’s Alliance is partnering up with the Capital Area Food Bank to raise awareness around the programs they offer and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the newly branded federal food stamp program that helps low-income families with the increasingly difficult task of putting food on the table when your week’s pay isn’t enough.
I’ll be focusing on how to stretch SNAP-approved, produce dollars alongside inexpensive pantry staples to produce hearty meals that fill the belly. I run a vegetarian kitchen, so the meals will also do without the expensive addition of meat. Recipe templates for fideos and lentejas mexicanas are first in my queue. Both of these things make it into my weekly plans and un-plans often, because they’re easy, cheap and hard to mess up when you’re in a rush.
I’ll also spend the next few weeks reading up on all those dizzying statistics and exciting programs that are doing things to stave off hunger. I’ll let you know what I find. A small primer in this week’s food links.
What other food bloggers are up to as part of the challenge:
Austin Food Bloggers Hunger Awareness Blog Project
Donate to the Capital Area Food Bank!
Some insight on the role that the government should (or shouldn’t) play:
Texas Comptroller Obesity Report recommendation includes limiting “bad” food purchases with SNAP
Calorie Counting: When Nudge Comes to Shove
See you guys next week.