As you are well aware, this very blog was created to serve people who struggle to put food on the table. There are folks all over who sincerely believe that they will save money on their food budgets if only they use “helpers” from the grocery shelves. There are good people everywhere who have not been interested to learn to cook or have not been taught how to cook simple, nourishing, whole foods. Some of those very people have been busy carving out careers and now find themselves jobless or without resources to feed their families. There is another segment of the population who know how to grow, cook, and even preserve their food–they are keeping their eyes open for frugal new ideas.
While I enjoy preparing and eating good food, my true passion is for PEOPLE. I want every person on the planet to be healthy and happy. We hosted a mini cooking school last year in our home, hoping to reach families and help them learn in an atmosphere of support and love. The bonus in doing that was the rich relationships we formed!
Sometimes something comes along to help us get the word to the people we so dearly want to help. Today I learned about something along that line:
In Nebraska our Nebraska Educational Television station-NET-and the NET Radio Stations of the National Public Radio Network will be providing information to help with survival in this recession. Both media outlets will be providing assistance in stretching your grocery dollars, trimming your family budget, and helping you figure out how to reduce transportation and insurance costs. Furthermore, they have programming designed to help you negotiate with creditors and ways of lowering your stress level!
Here is the web address offered to learn more about this series: CLICK HERE
I am delighted to learn that people who will be featured in this series are some of the University of Nebraska “super stars” from the extension service. WHEREVER YOU LIVE, YOU CAN CHECK WITH YOUR OWN LOCAL EXTENSION SERVICE IN YOUR COUNTY. THESE PEOPLE ARE A WEALTH OF GREAT INFORMATION AND IT IS COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE.
You may be receiving assistance procuring food because you are participating in the Farmer’s Market Coupon program. The information on the upcoming media presentations will be of benefit to YOU, as well!
OK, kids, we have our business out of the way. Let’s find something great and affordable to eat! Here’s an idea:
3 BEAN SALAD
2/3 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 can cut green beans (2 cups if your beans are fresh or frozen)
1 can cut wax beans (2 cups if your beans are frozen or fresh)
1 can kidney beans (2 cups if you have cooked them yourself)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced (I cut mine into rings; they’re prettier that way!)
1 rib of celery, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
Combine vinegar, sugar, and oil in large bowl. Drain and add the beans. Add onion, celery, salt and pepper. Refrigerate 24 hours. This serves 8 to 10 people. If you are lucky enough to have some left over you may store it in your fridge for a week. This makes a super picnic salad because it keeps well, thanks to the vinegar and the salt.
*Foods should not be sitting around in the hot sun; if it is a picnic, pack plenty of ice in your cooler!
If you are NOT a user of food pantries, please be advised that those who need to visit the community food banks are people who may not have ‘SNAP’ debit cards or cash for spices, flavorings. It would be charitable for you to keep this in mind as you choose items to donate to your local food pantry.
I would also remind you that you all have favorite ways of saving money on your food bills. Please share those with our readers by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course, we can’t wait to read the comments you post here, so please share your thoughts with us, won’t you? You are free to comment anonymously and you are equally welcome to strut your stuff by mentioning your URL. IF your comments aren’t spam-like we will share with our readers.
For those of you who are regular users of SNAP-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and food pantries and you who receive food commodities–your comments will most likely help the most people because YOU have the most credibility when it comes to using these services.
PS/ Thanks to everyone who has popped in on our partners, too!