Friday, July 9, 2010

Food Bank Salutes Mariko Yamada For Taking Challenge

At a time when stock prices are plunging, unemployment rates are soaring and many Americans are struggling with uncertainty regarding their economic futures, it's encouraging to see elected officials like Assemblymember Mariko Yamada raising awareness about an issue that is affecting a steadily increasing number of Californians.

The Food Stamp Challenge is an opportunity to not only experience, first-hand, the budgeting constraints that millions of Californians face on a regular basis, but it's also an opportunity to take stock of our individual eating and food-spending habits.  For instance, have you ever considered how much money you spend on food daily?  Weekly?  Annually?  How would you respond if  you suddenly found yourself unable to enjoy or afford some of your favorite treats and dishes?

Assemblymember Yamada's reflections of each day's meals and activities give insight into the necessity of  making smart decisions, and, oftentimes, difficult choices in the wake of severely limited resources.  We thank and salute Assemblymember Yamada for, once again, taking the Food Stamp Challenge!

If you haven't already had a chance to review the personal insights and comments regarding Assemblymember Yamada's journey, we encourage you to please take some time to do so on our blog today. You can also learn more about the Food Stamp Challenge by checking out the news articles below:

Ginger Rutland: Could you eat on a food stamp diet?

Solano County Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada experiences a week on 'food stamps'

Assemblywoman issues challenge to live on $20 a week in food

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