“Dad, we’re almost out of food right here.”
My three-year-old son pulled up his step-stool and opened the pantry door looking for an afternoon snack. “Dad, we’re almost out of food right here,” he said. It was as though he were discovering the barren shelves for the first time. Though the tone of his voice didn’t really show it, my own imagination heard the question embedded within: “Will we have enough?”
The sad fact is we are $5 over our SNAP budget allowance already, and we still have four days left until the end of the month. There is probably enough in the refrigerator and in the pantry to make it, but it’s going to be close. I’m grateful February only has 28 days instead of 31. Like many who receive SNAP benefits, we will begin with a new month’s allowance on the first of the month.
We still have plenty of bread flour, brown rice, oatmeal, and grits. We have a half box of breakfast cereal, a gallon of milk, six ounces of cheddar cheese, some chicken stock, a large can of chili beans, six eggs, 1/2 head of green cabbage, two bunches of kale, four carrots, an onion, some garlic, five oranges (from a neighbor’s backyard), two apples, and two bananas.
What creative ideas would you use to make this stretch over four days for four people?