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Started Food Stamp allocation $31.50 wk.

Started Food Stamp allocation $31.50 wk. We need new social policy on food security @FPWF @CCharitiesUSA @CCUSA2EP

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Fight Poverty With Faith @FPWF starts in Youngstown

Today I joined Congressman Tim Ryan, Bonnie Burdman (Jewish Relations Center), State Representative Sean O’Brien, Rev Lewis Macklin (ACTION president), George Garchar (Social Action/Catholic Charities) and others to purchase food for the week based on the average Food Stamp allocation: $31.50.  Come visit our webpage at Catholic Charities on how you can become involved in this process

We all ventured to Save A Lot stores located at the corner of Gypsy and Belmont Avenue Youngstown.  Co-owners John Kawecki and Henry Nemenz, Jr, greeted us, along with local TV cameras/reporters.  Congressman Ryan and Bonnie Burdman served as our local spokespersons discussing the National Week and the FPWF.  The Save-A-Lot co-owners helped us locate foodstuffs, especially sale items that proved cost effective and beneficial.

Here is my purchase:

4 cans of tuna in water:  $2.52

Canned salmon: $2.49

Peanuts: @2.99

1 lb bag of dry black eye peas: $1.79

Tea bags (50): $1.59

Black pepper for seasoning: $1.99

Bread, lite wheat: $1.89

1.5 lbs of bartlett pears: $1.56

1 lb of tomatoes: $1.28

.72 lb of onions: $0.71

2.22 lbs of mustard greens: @2.20

2.71 ibs of turnip greens: $2.68

TOTAL:  $23.69

My plan is to make from the onions, pepper, black eye peas and greens into a recipe called: “sleek”.  I will need 2 tbs of oil ($1.00) and some nutmeg ($1.00).  This will make 9 -11 servings of sleek.  A good source of protein and vegetables.

I will use the tuna and the salmon as the full protein for lunch and dinner meals this week.  I do have some eggs in the house already, so will plan to eat 2 eggs each morning with a side of sleek for breakfast.

I also have to confess:  I have a board meeting on Tuesday evening, so dinner will be free. I have a community event on Thursday evening at a college so dinner will be free; I also have a lunch event that same day and someone paid for lunch already.   I have a private meeting on Friday, so lunch will be free.  I am able to cover 4 meals this week through the generosity of 4 organizations.  THANKS  to St. Elizabeth, First Friday Club of Youngstown, Malone University, and Barb Z.

For a week, 7 days, three meals: 21 meals.

4 are free.

Need to eat on this budget for 17 meals

Hope I am doing the math right.

Any suggestions?

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Join Brian Corbin and George Garchar @cc

Join Brian Corbin and George Garchar @ccdoy for food stamp pledge on Oct 31 at 11:30 am at Ygst Save A Lot along with Rep Ryan and members of other faith communities @FPWF @CCharitiesUSA @CCUSA2EP

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Join me, Congressman Tim Ryan and Rev. Lewis Macklin for the Press Conference at 11:30a.m., Monday, October 31st at Sav-A-Lot Grocery store, corner of Gypsy Lane and Belmont Avenue.

You can find more information at:  Keep in mind that the local Food Stamp Challenge starts a few days later than the national challenge. Our local Food Stamp Challenge begins Monday, October 31st–and ends on Monday, November 7th. The local challenge is being coordinated by Bonnie Burdman of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs. 



Will Live for a Week on Food Stamp Budget

And Present Local Premier of Documentary “Food Stamped”


(Youngstown – October 27, 2011) Area public officials and community leaders will join national religious leaders, Members of Congress, and Senior Obama Administration officials in the national week-long Food Stamp Challenge in an effort to focus attention on the realities of hunger and poverty.  From October 31 through November 7, 2011, those taking the Food Stamp Challenge will eat only the food they can purchase with $31.50, the average weekly Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) allotment for a single adult.


Local participants include Congressman Tim Ryan, State Senator Capri Cafaro, State Representative Sean O’Brien, Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally, Brian Corbin and George Garchar from the Diocese of Youngstown, Bonnie Deutsch Burdman from the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, Reverend Lewis Macklin from Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Joe Rossi, Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging, and many others from throughout the Valley.  Congressman Ryan and other participants will kick off the challenge at a press conference on Monday, October 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the Save-a-Lot grocery store at the corner of Gypsy Lane and Belmont Avenue in Youngstown.  Mike Iberis, Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank will also attend the press conference.


This local challenge is held in conjunction with the fourth annual national Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization.  Fighting Poverty with Faith, co-founded by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Catholic Charities USA, and the National Council of Churches, includes more than 50 national faith organizations brought together by shared traditions of justice, to act on behalf of those living in poverty in America. Congressman Ryan is one of nine Members of Congress, and the only Member of the Ohio delegation, to participate.

The Food Stamp Challenge is to engage people of all faiths to attack the pervasive and urgent problem of hunger in America, particularly here in the Valley, which has the third highest rate in the country of families who experience food insecurity,” said Bonnie Deutsch Burdman.  “If we are to get serious about ending hunger, it cannot be an abstract idea for us.  We must urge Congress to maintain the SNAP program and we must understand the struggles of feeding a family with kids on the current SNAP allotment.” Burdman said.


At the conclusion of the week-long challenge, participants will re-convene at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening, November 7, at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, for the local premier of the award-winning documentary film, “Food Stamped.” Food Stamped follows nutritionist Shira Potash and her documentary filmmaker husband Yoav as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget.


Shira teaches healthy cooking classes to elementary students in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are eligible for food stamps.  In an attempt to walk a mile in their shoes, Shira and Yoav took the Food Stamp Challenge four years ago, eating on roughly one dollar per meal.  Through their adventures, they consulted with Members of Congress, including Congressman Ryan, food justice advocates, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.


The film and program on November 7 are free and open to the public.  For further information about the Food Stamp Challenge or about “Food Stamped,” contact Bonnie Deutsch Burdman, Director of Community Relations/Government Affairs, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, at, or call at 330-770-8702 (cell)/330-746-3251 (office).


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living on foodstamps for a week: can you?

Today started the week of Fighting Poverty with Faith to understand and act to help reduce poverty.  Many persons in the US are involved in this effort by promising to live on a typical food stamp budget per person of $31.50 a week or $1.50 a meal.  Here in Youngstown we will commence together on this process on Monday October 31.   I am beginning to plan menus now.


Any ideas?


thanks Brian

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