Sunday, May 15, 2011
I've been thinking for quite a while about the number of students I see at the college who live off of KD and Mr. Noodles because they say they cannot afford to eat anything else. Then they guzzle Red Bull to stay awake and wonder why they feel sick and shaky all the time. Not all of them are young people, either. I taught a man at church how he could feed himself for about $30/week after he lost his job and then his marriage and home following a heart attack. I honestly think that few people know how to eat well without spending lots of money.
I have blogged about this off and on, but I'm going to see about working with others to set up either a community kitchen at the college or our downtown church basement. Perhaps, though, all that's needed is some sort of resource like a web page or Facebook group that will point to ways to make food dollars go further locally with sale alerts, recipes, menus, etc. I've already messaged our school chaplain and a young friend who is a dietitian (and was an obese student) to see what they think. Your ideas are welcomed. I will scour the threads in the Community Pages here, because I know Sparkpeople has lots of good ideas.
My goal is SIMPLE solutions because students are stressed. They grab ichiban because its cheap and easy. I need to present information that will make inexpensive nutrition just as easy as empty calories.