Monthly Archives: October 2013

The SNAP Challenge, Day 5 (and what I learned)

Yesterday was leftovers day. Breakfast, store-brand rice crispies with half a banana; lunch, leftover tuna pasta salad and an apple; dinner, leftover rigatoni with meat sauce and sautéed escarole on the side. After another rice crispies breakfast this morning—my last … Continue reading

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The SNAP Challenge, Day 4

Two days to go and I’m out of fresh vegetables and fruit. Day 4 Breakfast: Store-brand rice crispies with soy milk. Canned pears. Day 4 Lunch: Scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, whole-wheat toast. Tomato soup made by blending the contents of … Continue reading

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The Snap Challenge, Day 3

The headline in today’s business section is “Twitter Prepares to Feed New Hunger for IPO’s.” My thoughts are about different kind of hunger, that of the millions of Americans who have to feed themselves for less than $5 a day … Continue reading

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The SNAP Challenge, Day 2

So far, this is fun. I’m realizing how much money we waste on name-brand food. With a few exceptions, lower-cost products, prepared well, taste just as good. As a design journalist I’ve done several articles on food packaging. And the … Continue reading

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Taking The SNAP Challenge, Day 1

Can two people eat for five days for less than $50? SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The SNAP Challenge is a nationwide program during October, “Hunger Awareness Month,” that encourages participants to experience … Continue reading

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Fifth Avenue Vest Pocket Gardens

Yesterday, late afternoon. A walk down Fifth Avenue between a museum visit on 84th Street and a design lecture on 64th Street. Twenty blocks of glorious little gardens. A tiny plot around a street tree. Strips no wider than 9 … Continue reading

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