Eating At The Poverty Line Essay

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Eating at the Poverty Line
In 2015, 43.1 million or 13.5 percent of Americans were living at or below the poverty line (Proctor). Based on analysis BBC’s analysis, those living at the poverty line in the United States have $4.91 per day to spend on food (Hatton). So for my food immersion project, I lived off of 4 dollars and 91 cents a day for five days. This experience not only shaped the food I ate, but my eating habits, my shopping habits, and my daily routine for those five days and connected me to discussions we had in class regarding food deserts and minority discrimination with real life application. I had $24.55 to turn into 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, and snacks. I did not allow myself to use any condiments or kitchen essentials such as oil or aluminum foil that I did not buy on this budget. Therefore, my shopping list was comprised of one large loaf of white bread, one dozen eggs, a tub of butter, strawberry jam, peanut butter, ground coffee, a can of soup, ketchup, sandwich bags, coffee filters, three frozen dinners, and a half gallon of mint chip ice cream. This came to $23.99, leaving only left a 56 cent margin to handle any problem that came up.
While my grocery list for the week of this exercise was filled with processed food as main meals, as opposed to the occasional snack or treat, it still came from a major grocery store with the option of fresh fruits and whole grains. “The link between poverty and food availability has been well-documented…

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