Eat this and only this

Imagine if the picture below was all the food you had for one week!

Take a close look before you read on. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

What if this was all the food you had for the next seven days?

Could you get through the week?


Some Canadian friends of ours, Bill and Sue Brooks, recently entered a Food Basket Challenge. The basket of food above was what each of them was given. In addition to the basket they were given $5 and allowed to choose 5 staples. They chose coffee, oil, vinegar, salt/pepper & spices. That was it for the week.

I had the opportunity to interview Sue about the challenge – and I encourage you to take the time to read about their experience here. But since most of you reading this have no idea what it is like to be hungry or to wonder where your next meal is coming from, I thought I would just comment on some of the highlights that Sue shared with me during our discussion. Truth is I could have just read the link I gave you but I wanted a chance to Skype with Sue. She’s a fun lady.


So here goes:

  • Planning was key to survival of the week.
  • Most people don’t realize that having, as Sue called it, infrastructure, makes a huge difference. We have a car to get to the local markets and places where deals can be found. Some pantry users have to figure out how to get to and from the place that will nourish them. We have well stocked kitchens in terms of cooking utensils, pots/pans, etc that allow us to get creative.
  • It was a good thing she likes soup because a lot of the food got thrown into a pot.
  • All of a sudden measuring your food is not just for overweight people; it’s also for people dealing with food insecurity.
  • Family and friends become a source of your mental survival.
  • It’s not just about hunger. It’s about poverty.
  • There was light at the end of the tunnel for Sue & Bill. That’s not the case for so many.


But I think the biggest takeaway from my conversation with Sue was she kept circling back to the “physical effects” she was experiencing of being hungry. Tired. Irritable. Cranky. Grouchy. (Be sure to read Bill’s comments to her.)

So do you think you could survive for one week? Do you think you could go with one less meal without saying you’re hungry? Our work and your donations help a few more people eat. Remember, Don’t Eat It! Donate It! Right Now!

Sue & Bill are Innovation and Creativity experts. To learn more about them, visit Eclecthink Intl.


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