Imagine one week on food stamps or $4.90 a day. One hundred fifty people took on the challenge including me and a Sacramento City Council Member.
The goal: bring awareness to a problem millions of Americans face every day.
“We take it for granted,” said Isaac Gonzalez. “Where our food comes from.”
Gonzalez spent seven days living mainly on potatoes. He made it work spending just $34.17.
He says it was an eye-opening experience.
“Usually it’s a passive thing. If I’m hungry I get food. There’s never a conflict in that consideration. You just go and do it. To actually go what’s my next meal and what’s my next meal going to be,” said Gonzalez.
Two hundred fifty thousand people in Sacramento County are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
That means food banks like River City are working overtime to help a growing number of needs, especially during the holidays.
“It is really appropriate for our community to remind each other that not everyone is going to have a happy day,” Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said at a news conference.
To drive the point home Sacramento City Council Member Kevin McCarty’s family of four lived on $19 for one day. It was enough to make an impact.
“I was a single dad with two kids three days this week. My wife was out of town. It was a challenge buying food for them let alone doing it for myself,” McCarty said.
I also took on the challenge. I ate oatmeal, tortillas, cheese, beans and chicken.