A Love Challenge – Let’s Make a Difference Together!

by SomeGirl on February 13, 2012 · 7 comments

Did you know that 49 million* Americans live in poverty?

Americans.

Our neighbors, church members, fellow citizens – elderly, young, of all races…

 

 

There are children in our cities… OUR cities… going to bed and to school hungry.

Just talking about it brings tears to my eyes!

 

 

Thankfully, my church raised the issue and got me thinking this week as they issued a hunger challenge, which I’d like to issue to us here.

I’d like to challenge you, as I’m challenging my family, to take a step to empathize with the hungry in our communities and to make a difference in their lives.

This week:

  • Read John 15 and Isaiah 58.
  • Eat on a set budget of $4.40 per person per day (including groceries already purchased). The budget is taken from the national food stamps grocery allowance of $4.40 per person per day.
  • Meditate/focus on God as the Pruning Gardener. Ask Him, “In what areas of my life do I need to cut back?
  • Use the money that you would have spent this week to purchase non-perishable goods and donate them to a local food pantry.
  • Pray for those who will be receiving your food donation. And pray for those in your community and around the world who are hungry not only for food, but for the love of God.

 

 

Then share your story with us so we can share in the joy of our fraddling together!

Take pictures, write stories, instagram or tweet about it using the hashtag #fraddle4them, share it on this blog’s FB page

If you email your stories and/or photos to michelle (at) somegirlswebsite.com I’ll share them here at the end of the week!

I can’t wait to see what a difference we can make in our communities as we fraddle together for the hungry around us! And what a Love Print we will leave on those impacted by our love in action! Christ’s love through us.

What do you think? Are you in?

 

 

Let’s go make a difference!

 

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Here are a few suggestions from crossingcommunitychurch.org:

When you’re thinking of your budget, remember to do the equation: $4.40 x number of people in your family=your daily food budget.

  • Use CASH to stay on budget
  • Use coupons
  • Eat less meat than you are used to
  • Buy a whole chicken and use it for several meals
  • Eat leftovers
  • Easy breakfasts
  • Sandwiches
  • Cook from scratch
  • Make meals using pasta and sauces; they go a long way
  • Drink water more than other drinks
  • Soup
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Tortillas
  • Buy produce that you have to cut and peel yourself; avoid pre-packaged items
  • Think before you eat and count the cost

 

* as reported Nov 7, 2011 by: Politico

Update:

I did the figuring this morning, like others in the comment section below, and realized our grocery spending is less that that budget, too. But our eating out budget is a little overboard.

I actually thought about changing or deleting the challenge once I realized that, but decided not to (for no reason that I can really explain).

I think I might modify the challenge for myself by setting a $4.40 budget for food/drink purchases each day this week and using what’s left in my eat out envelope to buy non-perishable food items for our local Storehouse.

What about you?

{ 7 comments }

Sara Schaffer

I do use cash and follow a lot of the tips above, but thanks for the number $4.40 per person per day. How much do I spend a day? I know the monthly budget but haven’t broken it down that far.

Amy

Oh, wow. I just did the calculation for our family and we already spend LESS than the food stamp allowance.

Kristal

We spend less than the food stamp allowance too – $3 per person per day. I’ll have to talk to the budget master! And that is with no coupons… imagine what I could do with coupons!

Nice reminder to be thankful for what I have.

SomeGirl

Yeah, I did the figuring this morning, too and realized our grocery spending is less that that budget, too. But our eating out budget is a little overboard.

I actually thought about changing or deleting the challenge once I realized that, but decided not to (for no reason that I can really explain).

I think I might modify the challenge for myself by setting a $4.40 budget for food/drink purchases each day this week and using what’s left in my eat out envelope to buy non-perishable food items for our local Storehouse.

What do you think?

Amy

I like that idea. We have had to be creative with how we do things as well, when we are supposed to be giving something up so we can donate what we save. We can’t give up what we already have! Those suggestions for cutting your grocery budget are great though! Beans, rice, chicken, etc…. Love them!

Amanda Jones

I, too, spend much less than that on food. We don’t have a large budget with wiggle room but try to do the most with what we have, not just for us, but for others as well. This is a good post to leave up. Many do eat outside of this budget and the comments so far can inspire us all to think outside of the box and help stamp out hunger in our country through Christians uniting together under one common cause. Thank you for sharing!

Camillia

LOVE this. I havent even investigated our budget (intimidation maybe?) but Im sure with the eating out part (Its all in our food category, not groceries/eating out) were over.

I am the manager at our local community kitchen, and see constantly people who are in many walks of life, and am so thankful to fix food and love on these amazing people. I also love seeing God make ends meet for the kitchen in wonderful ways (We are donation only) by people who start these “domino effects” by giving and intentionally setting out to see what its like in their shoes and make a difference. Ive had my faith grown so much by serving in that kitchen, and am excited to see what happens because of this challenge in other parts of the world…so please keep us posted with results!!!

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