Budget Update and Lesson Learned

Guest post by Jess Bart Williams: I didn’t realize all the people that would be affected by the challenge as I took it.  I have received lots of calls and emails from people truly concerned and in a bit of shock at times.  It has been a wonderful experience to talk to people about our… Read More »

The Hunger Challenge: Turning into a Ghost

Guest post by Emily Henry, Associate Local Patch Editor: I am sure there is a lesson to be learned in not being able to have what you want — but at times, that lesson seems cruel and pointless. The third day of The Hunger Challenge, living on $4.46 a day, took me to a low… Read More »

Healthy School Lunches

Well it is day 4 and I still have energy (maybe not as much as normal, but I do). Yesterday was sort of a surprise for me. One of my co-workers was eating a sandwich that looked so good, I almost found myself taking a bite when they walked away from their desk. I am… Read More »

Low Hanging Fruit

Guest post by Jess Bart-Williams: As an economics buff, I have always had a passion for garbage.  We are constantly throwing out stuff that could be helpful to somebody else, but 9 times out of 10, we’re either too busy or we don’t have an easy way to get it to the right person.  It’s… Read More »

The Hunger Challenge: How Powerful is a Rumbling Stomach?

Guest post by Emily Henry of the Pleasant Hill Patch: Hunger puts things into perspective. That’s the reason for taking this challenge — not for its novelty, or to mock those who live on a restricted food budget. I know that at the end of this week I will be able to escape and return… Read More »

Hunger Pangs

On Monday I found that I drank a lot of water. Not because I was hot but because I was hungry. I hadn’t had time to go to the store so all I had most of the day was water. The water did fill me up and stop the hunger pangs but I kept thinking… Read More »

Grateful for the School Lunch Program

I am taking the Hunger Challenge with my 2 daughters ages 9 and 7.  I know I am participating, they do not.  I decided not to tell them for a couple of reasons.  1 – I’m curious to see if they will notice the change in buying habits from the kid standards of fruit snacks,… Read More »

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The Hunger Challenge: Fueling Up Without Breaking Down

Guest post by Emily Henry of the Pleasant Hill Patch: Monday is the start of The Hunger Challenge, a five-day “exercise in empathy” organized by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Participants must live on a food budget of $4.46 per day — the amount provided to low-income individuals and families through the CalFresh… Read More »


Assemblymember Yamada Marks June as National Hunger Awareness Month and Invites You to Take the Hunger Challenge

Guest post by Mariko Yamada, California Assemblymember, 8th Assembly District Dear Friends, In California, over 6 million people are hungry or live in fear of going hungry. As more Californians have difficulty making ends meet, the number of people receiving CalFresh/Supplemental Nutritional Assistants Program or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits has greatly increased.… Read More »