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October 19, 2013

the food stamp challenge

Kokomo Urban Outreach director lives on $30 for a week

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“When I started portioning out the food to make 21 meals, it wasn’t much food,” he said.

In fact, on Tuesday he only consumed 960 calories. And nearly half of those calories came during dinner when he ate tuna, macaroni and cheese and a salad made of iceberg lettuce and mayonnaise.

Wednesday was only somewhat better. He upped his caloric intake to 1,164 by eating foods like chicken, brown rice, eggs, lima beans and toast.

He wrote a blog entry detailing his meals.

“Tried to add a few more calories today,” he wrote. “However, I am worried I will run out of food by the weekend by adding more food each meal. I will add more calories tomorrow. A bit tired today.”

He’s not eating enough to keep him fueled up and energized, he said. That’s been tough.

It’s probably better than the alternative, though. He said he could eat more now, but what happens if he runs out of food before the end of the week? He would go hungry for a day or two. Newton said he’s trying to prevent that.

He’s starting to understand the choices some families must make, he said.

He’s also starting to understand the importance of keeping the Kokomo Urban Outreach food pantries stocked.

Right now the organization is trying to collect 10,000 pounds of food before the end of the month to refill its shelves. It has just more than 4,000 pounds with less than two weeks to go.

He now knows what it feels like to be hungry, and he doesn’t want anyone in Kokomo feeling that way.

“When their food stamps run out, they come to us,” he said. “We want to make sure they’re eating.”

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com

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