Hunger Challenge Day 5

This is likely my final post on Seattle Metblogs regarding the Hunger Challenge. It’s been a pretty good week.

A friend left this comment earlier and I wanted to address it in full here.

I personally think using any kind of kitchen machine is cheating. If we are doing this hunger challenge to bring attention to low income families and their eating dilemmas, I wouldn’t expect most of them to have such machines or the will to want to make such foods.

I disagree with this assessment for a variety of reasons. First off, used pasta makers can be found for fairly cheap. I’ve also seen many kitchen machines for free on Freecycle and or for cheap on local Craigslist posts.

Second, not everyone currently on food stamps have always been poor. With the downturn in the economy, visits to area food banks and applications for food stamps have increased, showing the need from many who previously did not need these services. My household for example, has the funds right now to buy kitchen appliances with cash, but if say my husband was laid off and neither of us could find work for a year, we would still have our kitchen appliances (if we hadn’t sold them for food).

Third, just because someone is poor doesn’t mean they do not have the inclination to cook. Consider this: many in the cooking industry do not pull in large salaries, but maybe they just love to cook so much that they make it happen at home. There are also those who are going to school and working only part time (or receiving unemployment) who are eligible for food stamps.

I think there are many different types of people who can be considered poor, due to different circumstances. Those living in poverty very well likely have not always lived in poverty. All in all, these are a few of the reasons why I do not consider it cheating to use kitchen appliances during a hunger challenge.

2 Comments so far

  1. Patricia Eddy (patriciaeddy) on April 24th, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

    I agree with your position on appliances. I mean, if you had to go out and buy a new appliance for the challenge, that wouldn’t be all that legitimate. Or if you needed something that was so rare that on one would have it (though off the top of my head, I can’t think of what that would be). But even if you didn’t have a pasta maker, you can still make homemade pasta. It wouldn’t be as pretty, or possibly as thin, but it’d still work.

  2. wesa on April 24th, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

    I can see if I used my immersion blender for something, that would be pushing it…unless it was something that could be blended in a blender instead. We don’t really use rare devices (though we have a fondue pot, but that was a wedding gift), and the bulk of the devices that we do have were actually gifts from parents.

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