Recently, I enjoyed following along on Facebook as a friend of mine from college conducted a social experiment with her family. My friend spent five days feeding her family at poverty level for a family of four. She spent $4.50 per person per day. That equates to $18.00 per day, or $90.00 for the five days. She planned her menu at the beginning of the week and bought everything at once. The family did not eat things that were already in the pantry. At the end of each day, she posted what the family ate for every meal in addition to what she paid for each item or meal. She also posted their hunger levels and attitudes. At the conclusion of her experiment, her family, particularly her children, had a greater appreciation for what they have and a greater compassion for those who are not as fortunate. I looked forward to reading her posts each day.
I am blessed by an abundance of food…good food. I am blessed to be able to walk into a grocery store and buy what I want. Even on days when I look in my pantry and think I need to make a trip to the grocery store, I have an abundance of food. This is not actually something I take for granted very often because there seem to be reminders of just how blessed I am all around me, from the homeless man on the corner to the young family barely scraping by in front of me in the check out line at the grocery store. Because of this, I feel I need to say that today I am thankful for food.