The American Food Situation
“It should shock the American conscience that in the wealthiest and one of the most agriculturally productive countries — awash in cheap food, no less — one in 10 households still live with food insecurity, a grim reality with which we’ve become startlingly comfortable. But hunger, as we learned during the pandemic and in its aftermath, is a policy choice.” (Source: VOX)
Whose policy? That of the Republicans in Congress, who refuse to renew the SNAP benefits that keep more than 30 million Americans from going hungry each day. Some benefits were discontinued earlier, but March, 2023, was the end of this program that’s essential for so many American families.
“The lapse in the additional benefits will reduce Snap allotments for the average recipient by $90 a month, with some households losing $250 a month or more. Older adults at the minimum benefit level will see their monthly Snap benefits drop from $281 a month to $23.” (Source: The Guardian)
And along with the cancellation of the SNAP program, many states and cities have discontinued programs that provided lunch and sometimes breakfast to school children, regardless of need. The school lunch programs were cost-effective because of the reduction in complex record-keeping. Furthermore, they resulted in better learning by the school children, as measured by better test scores!
To put it bluntly: March was a very bad month for hunger in America, and there may be further cuts if the Republicans in congress implement their policies. Charitable food banks are stepping in, but the cancellation of government programs will fall heavily on those in need. Globally there are many more issues of hunger and want, but I can only focus on one at a time!
In My Kitchen in March
From my California trip: fridge magnets and a menu from a lovely cafe.
I’m hoping the menu will help me with ideas for lunches.
Pad Thai: Another Asian Food Challenge
Condiments for Pad Thai. The “Sour Soup Base” (a new ingredient in our
This is essential for the correct flavor, according to the recipe.
Len’s resulting Pad Thai was great.
|Ingredients for the Pad Thai.
|Rice noodles for Pad Thai.
A Sweet Breakfast Treat
A Few Simple Meals
|Lunch: a tortilla and bean casserole and a
fruit and vegetable salad.
Turkey meatballs, cheese, and asian slaw on sourdough bread.
I made the meatballs with aquafaba from a can of chickpeas
instead of the usual raw egg in the meat mixture.
|New ingredient: TJ’s Pepper Flakes.
Used in stir-fried Brussels Sprouts (recipe here)
|The main course for this dinner was potato chips with Tzatziki!
Side dishes: green salad and fruit salad.
|New ingredients to try soon: coconut oil and coconut water.
To be used in making some Thai recipes.
New Kitchen Cabinet: A Work in Progress
|Installed this month: a new custom-built cabinet, still waiting for handles.
The added space is enabling us to organize our kitchen equipment much better.
When the handles are in and the reorganization is done, I’ll post more photos.