About this Blog

Welcome! Thanks for checking out On Food Stamps.

I created this blog in 2009 when I began working at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. My work at this organization opened my eyes to food justice issues in America, and I had a strong desire to better understand the difficulties many people face when trying to access healthy food on a limited budget. So, I embarked on my own Food Stamp Challenge, living on $31/week as a vegan. I used this blog to chronicle my experience.

While my Food Stamp Challenge project has come to an end, you can see what I learned from it by reading the Greatest Hits posts linked to the right side of the page. Please excuse any out-of-date links, as I am no longer updating this blog on a regular basis.

Stay Hungry,

Julie

Monday, January 25, 2010

Bad Apples

For the first time in a very long time I bought apples from a large chain supermarket.

During the holidays I won two gift cards to Ralphs/Food-4-Less in an office raffle, and after my trip to San Francisco ($$$) I decided it was time to break down and use them to buy my week's groceries.

In order to get the most bang for my buck I went to the Food-4-Less near where I work. I bought mostly produce - lettuce, a few mangoes (on sale), a cucumber and the apples you see above.

I have to say, I have found these apples to be really disappointing. Compared to the Farmers' Market apples my taste buds have gotten used to, these are like eating wet sawdust. My mouth can tell that they were grown to travel well, not to taste good.

Never again, Food-4-Less, never again...

P.S. Kitchen craft Idea: check out the cork board I made in the background. I had my friend who works at a restaurant collect the wine corks for me and hot glued them into a tray I bought at the Goodwill store. Yeah for recycling!

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