Yesterdays food cupboard visit went well. My nephew went with me and we were able to carry everything home on our walk back. We brought the canvas bags so as bot to be wasteful. This is what we received:
- a vegetable platter: carrots, broccoli, celery and tomatoes with dip
- a head of cabbage
- a head of cauliflower
- a container of cherry tomatoes
- a loaf of bread
- some mini bananas
- a whole pineapple
- a container of strawberries
- 6 ears of corn
- about 6 small cucumbers
- a head of lettuce
- a lettuce mix
- a small zucchini
- 2 grapefruit
- 2 peaches
- 3 apples
- 2 granola bars
- 2 capri suns
- 1 box shredded wheat type cereal
- 3 cans tomato soup
- 3 potatoes
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 large thing of Listerine
- 1 small bag of elbow macaroni
- 1 can string beans
- 1 bag of dried beans
- 1 packet of gravy mix
Not too bad. The produce is not reel fresh, but we can eat some and bake with some to freeze.
This will be very helpful to my family right now, and I am ever grateful and feeling quite blessed.
Now, here is what we can do with this bounty:
- We may have toast with peanut butter for breakfast one day, along with applesauce. The peanut butter and applesauce came from a previous visit to the food cupboard. Cost = FREE
- We can have macaroni and sauce for dinner, with bread and butter. The sauce also came from a previous visit to the food cupboard. Corn on the cob. X 2 Cost = minimal for a little butter and faucet water.
- A smoothie made with milk, pineapple, banana and strawberries. Cost = FREE, the milk was sent over by my sister for my nephew. He is staying with us for a while.
- A fruit salad: Pineapple, strawberries topped with yogurt, Cost = .50 for a yogurt that we will all share. No tax because I will use food stamps.
- Salads 1. lettuce mix with cucumber and tomatoes 2. Lettuce mix with tomatoes. 3. Lettuce with cabbage and cucumber. 4. Lettuce with cucumber, carrots and cauliflower. **dressing for all if wanted. Cost = FREE
- Fry pan meal: potato, broccoli, carrots, and hamburg. Cost = FREE
- Breakfasts – cereal with milk, with sliced banana. Cost = FREE
- Breakfast – cereal with milk. An apple. Cost = FREE
- Sweet potato, white potato, green beans and chicken. Cost = FREE with the chicken my sister sent for my nephew.
- Toast with chicken and gravy, corn on the cob. Cost = FREE with the chicken my sister sent for my nephew.
- 1 loaf zucchini bread. Cost = Less than $1.00 with ingredients from the pantry.
- 1 loaf banana bread. Cost = Less than $1.00 with ingredients from the pantry.
- Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Cost = $.63 for cheese slices.
- Tomato soup with peas and corn. Cost = $.66 for 1 can each of corn and peas, purchased on sale.
- Tomato soup with peas and carrots. Cost = $.66 for 1 can each of carrots and peas, purchased on sale.
- Celery and peanut butter with a granola bar
The dried beans are being stored for a nice winter soup.
$4.45 spent by me for the meals above. So, that gives me (for three people):
- 3+ breakfasts
- 7 main meals
- 2 loaves of bread
- 2 snacks
- 5 salads
That is a pretty good deal. And I can fill in around that with other items that my sister sent for my nephew, as well as what is in the pantry right now. I won’t have to purchase anything until food stamps come in tomorrow, and I won’t have to use what I purchase until Tuesday sometime.
I also feel blessed that my food stamps are going up to $93.00 from $10.00 this month.