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I have to add why are people so mad at this post? If it is not real, it's still a good puzzle. I mean, don't all of you prep for gloom and stuff -- you should use this to test your pantry wits!
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You can do much with this food but you don't have time to learn to cook. I'm thinking french toast with the peaches and syrup from the can chopped up and warmed with one stick of butter. Potatoes go well with onions and scrambled eggs. Beans and rice. You could use more rice. Tuna noodles with the green beans added, crush the corn flakes and sprinkle on top. Needs a cheese cream sauce and seasoning. Would be better with green peas.
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This sounds good. :-)

I use Velveeta type store brand cheese (Kroger has their "cheesy cheese") and it works great to make a cheesy sauce. Slice or tear into pieces and stir into hot liquid till melted.

Keeps forever, not too expensive for as much as you get.

Also, to top a baked potato, melt the cheese over it in the microwave, and serve it with a fried egg on top. Very nice breakfast. Crumble bacon over it or pieces of ham under the cheese and you have the deluxe version.

Soooo many great ideas in this thread!

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I have been updating my post a few pages back with ideas as I been remembering them

Thread: Need help on stretching food to feed many. (Page 3) That is a link to it... figured i would let people know who is interested... if i think of any more... I will update it
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Miggy, you want to help them because they are in poor health and not getting the nutrition they need?

It's mind boggling to me that you can even look at that list with those foods on it, figure how many it will serve what amount, and think you are going to give 10 people the nutrition they need.

You could stretch it and give them something to eat. Not enough to fill them, and most certainly not good nutrition in the quantities you have and unless each "meal" is mostly water, it's not going to come close to lasting a month much less be healthy. Can't believe you can't see that.

Secondly, you could end up losing your food stamps entirely by advertising that you're feeding others unless your state is different than most. Most states specify those stamps are for only the intended person.

In shared housing for challenged people in this area, each person has to keep their food separate and labeled to make sure each person eats only their food. It isn't to be shared or mingled. Doing so would cut the benefits for either/both of them. It's probably the same in your area and if so, you are running a real risk.

When one of them gets upset that you aren't feeding them what they want, when they want it, or if you stop feeding them and someone reports you, then what? It's good to help people when you're able. It doesn't look like you're able right now and could be risking your own supply doing it.

Don't know where you are, but was thinking Tulsa area. If so, a quick google turned up 15 food pantries:

[link to www.foodpantries.org]

Those are just pantries, not food banks, and don't include the churches, Salvation Army and other resources listed.

Most of the farmers markets I noticed, will double food up to 20.00 in food stamps, SNAP, or whatever it is. That means you'd get 40.00 worth of veggies for 20.00. Here's an article about it.
[link to www.newson6.com]

In this area, and probably yours too, older people, disabled, and probably more, can get some commodities handed out at senior centers, a church, library, or wherever it's designated. They used to get peanut butter, cheese, dried milk, and I forget what else. Don't know what they are getting now but have seen in the paper locations for them to pick it up.

The pregnant woman probably has a Dr. That Dr. can probably tell her where to go to have the needs of her unborn child met. How is she going to buy formula? How are those people eating now? I don't think for a minute that pregnant woman would be denied food stamps, that program for infants, and other benefits.

Since you have to haul them everywhere now, how about you do the food bank tours and let them go in and get things? How about you teach them how to look for resources? If they aren't motivated enough to work, forage, and have no family that cares enough to keep them from starving, the best thing you can do is help them help themselves.

Teaching the pregnant woman to cook would be a greater service to her and her offspring and their offspring, than giving them your food that has been watered down to nothing to feed far more than it should.

Sorry, but this thread and the fact you haven't seen the facts on your own, just boggles my mind.

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[link to www.hillbillyhousewife.com]

There are lots of sites like this with meal plans.
some are more nutritious than others but almost all of them utilize foods that are primarily covered by assistance programs.
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Flour, for pancakes, biscuits, fry bread.

Cheap chicken ..get the cheapest you can find. (thighs, or whatever doesnt matter)

Onions.

Carrots

Potatos

Eggs

Then make soup soup soup.

Potato soup flavored with onion/carrot

Egg drop soup using the chicken broth and carrots. just beat the eggs and dribble into the boiling soup. wa la.

Rice is easy to make a ton of fried rice, with a little of the boiled chicken meat/carrots/onions/ chopped up scrambled egg all fried with the rice.

Make fied bread to dip in the broths
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Ya know, I dont know if this thread is a money scam or not?

I just answered the question Miggy (The OP) posted.

If this is a scam, shame on Miggy!!! Shame, Shame!

until I get a reason not to... I'm gonna believe Miggy.

So far Miggy hasnt asked for money... has ignored paypal responses, etc... That makes me think this might be legit...

Also in defense of Miggy...

I know people who really should receive government assistance with food, etc and is not eligible!!!

These people worked for 30 plus years and paid their dues to society! yet cannot afford medical care and food and the essentials to healthy living!

People on social security who EARNED IT!

Yet crack heads/jerks who have done nothing in their entire lives... get great medical care! Housing assistance! Food Stamps! And 500 bucks to spend as they wish!

Thats messed up man... it should be the other way around...

Give the Social Security people the good benefits... give the low life's the shaft...

I also NEED to state... I know peoeple who draw SSI who actually need it... good people... they just have issues, actual issues... i'm glad they can get help.

But ya know its the abusers of the system that piss me off...

but hey its none of my business either way i suppose... I live my life, pay my taxes and leave the rest up to the government :) lol
 Quoting: Dr. Acula

Some do fall thru the cracks, strange all ten around her fell thru isn't it? She is being used if what she says is true and needs psyc counseling.
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Totally needs psych evaluation,OP i hope you can see your not thinking clearly,i hate to see anyone taken advantage of :(
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I agree with the suggestion to get the people on food stamps, the pregnant woman should get WIC. If you don't know where the local food bank is find out. Call you local churches including LDS and Jehovah's Witnesses.

Grocery stores - ask the worst thing they will say is no

Here is an emergency menu to feed a family of 4 for $45 / week

there may be some good suggestions

[link to www.hillbillyhousewife.com]
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Ya know, I dont know if this thread is a money scam or not?

I just answered the question Miggy (The OP) posted.

If this is a scam, shame on Miggy!!! Shame, Shame!

until I get a reason not to... I'm gonna believe Miggy.

So far Miggy hasnt asked for money... has ignored paypal responses, etc... That makes me think this might be legit...

Also in defense of Miggy...

I know people who really should receive government assistance with food, etc and is not eligible!!!

These people worked for 30 plus years and paid their dues to society! yet cannot afford medical care and food and the essentials to healthy living!

People on social security who EARNED IT!

Yet crack heads/jerks who have done nothing in their entire lives... get great medical care! Housing assistance! Food Stamps! And 500 bucks to spend as they wish!

Thats messed up man... it should be the other way around...

Give the Social Security people the good benefits... give the low life's the shaft...

I also NEED to state... I know peoeple who draw SSI who actually need it... good people... they just have issues, actual issues... i'm glad they can get help.

But ya know its the abusers of the system that piss me off...

but hey its none of my business either way i suppose... I live my life, pay my taxes and leave the rest up to the government :) lol
 Quoting: Dr. Acula

Some do fall thru the cracks, strange all ten around her fell thru isn't it? She is being used if what she says is true and needs psyc counseling.
 Quoting: Desert Fox
Totally needs psych evaluation,OP i hope you can see your not thinking clearly,i hate to see anyone taken advantage of :(
 Quoting: betty189

Same here, this country is overwhelmed with safety nets, so she has to be being abused. That's my concern, not that she can't feed ten people.
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Miggy, you want to help them because they are in poor health and not getting the nutrition they need?

It's mind boggling to me that you can even look at that list with those foods on it, figure how many it will serve what amount, and think you are going to give 10 people the nutrition they need.

You could stretch it and give them something to eat. Not enough to fill them, and most certainly not good nutrition in the quantities you have and unless each "meal" is mostly water, it's not going to come close to lasting a month much less be healthy. Can't believe you can't see that.

Secondly, you could end up losing your food stamps entirely by advertising that you're feeding others unless your state is different than most. Most states specify those stamps are for only the intended person.

In shared housing for challenged people in this area, each person has to keep their food separate and labeled to make sure each person eats only their food. It isn't to be shared or mingled. Doing so would cut the benefits for either/both of them. It's probably the same in your area and if so, you are running a real risk.

When one of them gets upset that you aren't feeding them what they want, when they want it, or if you stop feeding them and someone reports you, then what? It's good to help people when you're able. It doesn't look like you're able right now and could be risking your own supply doing it.

Don't know where you are, but was thinking Tulsa area. If so, a quick google turned up 15 food pantries:

[link to www.foodpantries.org]

Those are just pantries, not food banks, and don't include the churches, Salvation Army and other resources listed.

Most of the farmers markets I noticed, will double food up to 20.00 in food stamps, SNAP, or whatever it is. That means you'd get 40.00 worth of veggies for 20.00. Here's an article about it.
[link to www.newson6.com]

In this area, and probably yours too, older people, disabled, and probably more, can get some commodities handed out at senior centers, a church, library, or wherever it's designated. They used to get peanut butter, cheese, dried milk, and I forget what else. Don't know what they are getting now but have seen in the paper locations for them to pick it up.

The pregnant woman probably has a Dr. That Dr. can probably tell her where to go to have the needs of her unborn child met. How is she going to buy formula? How are those people eating now? I don't think for a minute that pregnant woman would be denied food stamps, that program for infants, and other benefits.

Since you have to haul them everywhere now, how about you do the food bank tours and let them go in and get things? How about you teach them how to look for resources? If they aren't motivated enough to work, forage, and have no family that cares enough to keep them from starving, the best thing you can do is help them help themselves.

Teaching the pregnant woman to cook would be a greater service to her and her offspring and their offspring, than giving them your food that has been watered down to nothing to feed far more than it should.

Sorry, but this thread and the fact you haven't seen the facts on your own, just boggles my mind.
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Good post. She really hasn't thought this through. And to barely feed each person she would need to make at least a gallon of soup a day. That is not going to happen with what she has because it is barely enough to feed a family of four for one week. And of course she could get in trouble like you said if just one person turns against her. Her food stamps should be for her and no one else.
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Ya know, I dont know if this thread is a money scam or not?

I just answered the question Miggy (The OP) posted.

If this is a scam, shame on Miggy!!! Shame, Shame!

until I get a reason not to... I'm gonna believe Miggy.

So far Miggy hasnt asked for money... has ignored paypal responses, etc... That makes me think this might be legit...

Also in defense of Miggy...

I know people who really should receive government assistance with food, etc and is not eligible!!!

These people worked for 30 plus years and paid their dues to society! yet cannot afford medical care and food and the essentials to healthy living!

People on social security who EARNED IT!

Yet crack heads/jerks who have done nothing in their entire lives... get great medical care! Housing assistance! Food Stamps! And 500 bucks to spend as they wish!

Thats messed up man... it should be the other way around...

Give the Social Security people the good benefits... give the low life's the shaft...

I also NEED to state... I know peoeple who draw SSI who actually need it... good people... they just have issues, actual issues... i'm glad they can get help.

But ya know its the abusers of the system that piss me off...

but hey its none of my business either way i suppose... I live my life, pay my taxes and leave the rest up to the government :) lol
 Quoting: Dr. Acula

Some do fall thru the cracks, strange all ten around her fell thru isn't it? She is being used if what she says is true and needs psyc counseling.
 Quoting: Desert Fox
Totally needs psych evaluation,OP i hope you can see your not thinking clearly,i hate to see anyone taken advantage of :(
 Quoting: betty189

Same here, this country is overwhelmed with safety nets, so she has to be being abused. That's my concern, not that she can't feed ten people.
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She might be able to barely feed them for one week. Anyway, she hasn't been back to answer any questions so who knows what is up now.
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Hi, you guys.

I just got home from an evening at church and am so grateful to all of you for providing me with such wonderful ideas.

To those who believe I don't care for myself properly I promise I am well and understand the importance of keeping myself fit during these strenuous times. Thank you dearly for your concern.

To others who believe I am asking for money please forgive me if I came across that way.

I am truly trying to help some wonderful people who I believe need to see that someone actually cares what happens to them- even if it's only temporarily.

Thank you all for your support. Your ideas are wonderful and have helped me immensely.

I never thought I'd be in such a position and I would certainly have never asked to be so. It isn't fun.

But I am. And I'm doing the best I am able with what I have to offer.

I am truly grateful for all of your sincere wisdom and advice.

You're just wonderful. You really are.

Have a great Sunday!

Miggy
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Hi Miggy,

I just wanted to say that is a wonderful thing you are doing and much love and many blessings to you.

You've had a lot of great ideas shared here already.

I'd like to suggest soups with plenty of vegetables and grains/lentils, plus a little meat (chicken is usually liked by most people) can be made very cheaply, are nutritious, comforting and nearly everyone likes soup!

hf
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Hi, you guys.

I just got home from an evening at church and am so grateful to all of you for providing me with such wonderful ideas.

To those who believe I don't care for myself properly I promise I am well and understand the importance of keeping myself fit during these strenuous times. Thank you dearly for your concern.

To others who believe I am asking for money please forgive me if I came across that way.

I am truly trying to help some wonderful people who I believe need to see that someone actually cares what happens to them- even if it's only temporarily.

Thank you all for your support. Your ideas are wonderful and have helped me immensely.

I never thought I'd be in such a position and I would certainly have never asked to be so. It isn't fun.

But I am. And I'm doing the best I am able with what I have to offer.

I am truly grateful for all of your sincere wisdom and advice.

You're just wonderful. You really are.

Have a great Sunday!

Miggy
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you said temporary,when is it going to end? how are you going to end it? its like feeding cats,they keep coming back, on the bright side,maybe theyd start to rather eat their unhealthy junk food again,with their own food stamps, instead of the potato flour slop youll be feeding them,not trying to be funny, but thats all you got and have to stretch it out so far! then all youll have to worry about is how to quit driving them everywhere,using your gas,your time,your wear and tear on the car,your paying for car insc.damn who wouldnt love a free taxi at their beck and call!
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Miggy, I don't read or post a whole lot here, well I mostly "graze" , try to keep updated on breaking news. But I have seen your post a couple of times. I tend to give people the benefit of doubt most of the time.

I think I believe what you are doing , and if you are in fact helping so much, May God Bless you!! Won't your church help you/help these people? Is there anybody in your church family that will pitch in. And can you tell us why you are feeing these people , it seems, on a daily basis? I could see each person, once in a while or every few days. I am getting the impression they are standing at your door waiting for you to finish cooking them their food. Surely I must be misunderstanding?.......

Can you maybe explain the situation a little bit more? Do these people work, get their own food stamps? On the Dr. visits and so forth what did they do before you? I am so curious as to how you became assigned to help? Do they appear to be grateful to you or are they just expecting?
I would be you are doing so in order to be a blessing to them and even have time to share with them your peace. I just want to know how you are surviving with such little sleep and a sandwich a day!!

I really do want to know, I'm not trying to start trouble nor am I trying to accuse you of scamming.

God Bless
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I would appreciate any advice on stretching a small amount of food for a month. This may seem impossible when you read what I have to work with but I believe in miracles.

This is my situation...

I live in a transitional living facility of 8 apartments.

Most of these people have some type of physical disability or suffer from depression and they do not take good care of themselves when it comes to eating.

I believe God is using me to help them. I have witnessed incredible miracles occur in their lives just 6 weeks in knowing and helping them.

The little money I have had has been stretched to amazing heights. I transport them to doctor visits, the grocery store, etc. daily and always have just enough gas to get them to their destination and back again.

I have recently spent $80 of my food stamp money on basic foods and have been cooking them meals because most are unhealthy. I am particularly concerned with an 8 1/2 month pregnant woman who is not eating right- not because she doesn't want to but because she was never taught proper nutrition.

Yesterday I was blessed with a church offering me 12 loafs of day-old bakery bread and some eggs. I can NOT waste this food.

The majority of my life I was financially well-off and I never had to worry about not having food.

Can anyone give me suggestions on how to best use the following items as well as how to properly store them (such as freezing) so as not to waste one ounce?

Remember, this food MUST last clear through September because it's all I have to offer them until I get $80 more food in October.

The $80 I used apparently was NOT well spent because I am running out of food in just 5 days. It included items such as milk, butter, hamburger (stretched VERY thin), dried pasta and bread.

Because my pantry of such items as olive oil, vinegar, condiments, spices, etc. was stolen during my move here I don't have much to flavor the foods I prepare other than salt, pepper, mustard and mayonnaise.

I feel I should use whatever money I can scrape together to buy things to flavor the food so that it's pleasurable for them to eat.

This food will be used to feed two fifty year old men, two forty year old women, two thirty year old women (one pregnant), a three year old girl, a seven year old boy, and two seventy year old women. There are 10 total excluding me.

I can exist on a sandwich a day but the other residents are larger than me. And the children are active.

I would SO appreciate any creative suggestions. I just know God will come through for us and I thank you for helping me with your suggestions so that I can continue helping them.

They are really wonderful people. They've just fallen through the cracks and have no-one in their lives to care for them.

Items I have on hand:

3 lbs frozen navy beans
10 lbs potatoes
1 lb pinto beans
48 eggs
8 cups of breakfast corn flakes
2 lbs of white rice
4 cans of green beans
2 cans of peaches
2 onions
1 small can of tuna
1 large bag of egg noodles
2 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese
3 sticks of butter

Jar of ketchup
Jar of mayonnaise
Salt
Pepper


Much love to all of you, Miggy
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Could you...eat another human being if you had to?
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I'm just saying...you could fatten one or two of them up on corn and beans...
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Hunger isn't really necessary at least inthe USA if you are willing to eat beans. High protein and antioxidant rich. Buy some lentils and cumin, cook for thirty minutes, and throw in a bit of salt. Literally a few dollars can feed your crew well if they are willing to eat healthy.
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Thank you all so MUCH for these wonderful ideas!

I just knew you guys would come through for me.

I have been boiling the eggs since I believe egg salad will make tonight's meal.

I am also going to make potato soup.

And of course potato salad.

Again, thank you.

I really love you guys.

hugs

Miggy
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Soup is always your friend!

To increase the taste and the nutrition, add onions and/or garlic....and celery

if you mince your onion and celery very small and saute for a couple of minutes before adding liquid, people who don't think they like them will never notice them...the saute makes them soft and changes thier taste, making them sweet...onions are high in vitamin C like fruit and other virus and bacteria fighting properties...throw in garlic at the beginning as well, then add water and wha-la you have broth...

potatoe salad
Macaroni salad
egg salad(if your eggs are getting old, boiling them will help make them last)

Make chili...with the beans and berger....in a crock pot if you can, then take your stale bread, cut in half and place on top of the chili while it is heating or in the cups...the bread will stretch the chili and the moisture from the chili will make the bread edible...

keep older bread in fridge or freezer otherwise it will mold at room tempurature.

and yes, beans and rice form a complete protien, so serve your chili over a bed of rice...start with a spoon of rice, a spoon of chili with moist bread on the side...

use smaller dishes...in fact try to use large coffee mugs to keep you serving sizes small...they can have seconds if they are really hungry...2 servings would really be one regular serving but it will take longer to eat and they will feel like they got more than they realize...

If your bread gets too dry, make crutons to use on future soup...

a can of tomatoes can change one dish into another...or use a salsa to go from chili to nachos...

There are plants you can forage and add as well but that is a different discussion. During the great depression, many wives stretched the budget this way...I have, myself, and it's really good for you as well.

hope this helps, I will write more if I think of something new...
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that list is a stay alive list not a healthy list. seeds and plants is the best ideal for future with little money to spend, plant what will grow in consideration of frost dates for your area, for example now is not the time of year to decide to grow watermellons or eggplants. radish, mustard, collards, kale, turnip, lettuce would be good, they do good in cool weather and grow off fast and can be grown in pots, shoe boxes, buckets and of course the ground. get a fishing licence and fish for your meat. unless you have proper equipment and knowledge do not just put stuff in jars and assume if it is sealed all is good. jars will seal with much less heat than is required to kill spores and bacteria. freeze bread, milk, most anything, potatos do not freeze well. eggs will keep a long long time refridgerated, but can be frozen out of shell and scrambled up, pour in ice cube trays and after frozen transfer to baggie, use one cube counted as one small egg. everyone knows what a onion smells like, look around and see if you have any wild ones growing, pull them up and use them or just cut the tops off and use for flavor, be sure to smell them so you know they are onion and use much less than you would store bought as they are strong flavored. other wild plants you could eat and flavor with but if you dont know what your looking for or how to cook it leave it alone.
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Miggy, I don't read or post a whole lot here, well I mostly "graze" , try to keep updated on breaking news. But I have seen your post a couple of times. I tend to give people the benefit of doubt most of the time.

I think I believe what you are doing , and if you are in fact helping so much, May God Bless you!! Won't your church help you/help these people? Is there anybody in your church family that will pitch in. And can you tell us why you are feeing these people , it seems, on a daily basis? I could see each person, once in a while or every few days. I am getting the impression they are standing at your door waiting for you to finish cooking them their food. Surely I must be misunderstanding?.......

Can you maybe explain the situation a little bit more? Do these people work, get their own food stamps? On the Dr. visits and so forth what did they do before you? I am so curious as to how you became assigned to help? Do they appear to be grateful to you or are they just expecting?
I would be you are doing so in order to be a blessing to them and even have time to share with them your peace. I just want to know how you are surviving with such little sleep and a sandwich a day!!

I really do want to know, I'm not trying to start trouble nor am I trying to accuse you of scamming.

God Bless
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Oh, Goodness.

This is such a beautiful post.

I guess I have such explaining to do as you are not the first to question what is occurring that moves me to help total strangers.

Would you be kind enough to allow me to sleep for a few hours?

It's been a rather long (but beautiful) day.

I promise to you and others that I will explain this situation to the best of my knowledge in the morning.

Everyone who has posted here certainly deserves that from me.

I am overcome by such compassion all of you have shared yet I understand your questions.

It's almost 11:30 PM here and I have to wake at 6 AM.

If you will give me until then I will do my best to explain.

Until then, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish you good dreams.

Love, Miggy
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Miggy,
What area are you located in? I am an extreme couponer and donate tons to my church. I would gladly send you my extras! I am not a paid member so I cannot send a private message however you can email me BooBooKittyFsck@gmail.com also I have a huge garden and plenty to share. Being in FL I frequent u-pick and free field gleanings at season end and can/dehydrate to preserve the fruits and veggies for use all year. If you haven't found help yet I am serious about footing the shipping bill to get nutritious food to you and your cause. I think what you are doing is beautiful and I hope you are justly rewarded for your kindness. This cruel world needs a few more like you! blwkss blwkss blwkss blwkss
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Stretch the butter with Knox Gelatin and probably could use gelatin with some of the other stuff (its healthier than you think).
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When the cupboard is bare, try the Stone Soup approach.

When you see your neighbors, tell them you are making a big pot of soup, and ask them if there anything they would like to add to it.



STONE SOUP

Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers.

Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing.

The travelers answer that they are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing.

The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient.

Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.

 Quoting: CrissCross




Exactly. Don't throw ANY food out. Put it in the soup pot. I've only found one thing (pizza) that didn't work well when I threw it in the soup pot. Everytime you add some leftovers to the pot, you need to add more water.

Go buy big sacks of rice and beans and flour. It might not be the most nutricious, but it's damn tasty and it will keep people going for a long time.

How about some pinto beans and homemade tortillias?
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I would appreciate any advice on stretching a small amount of food for a month. This may seem impossible when you read what I have to work with but I believe in miracles.

This is my situation...

I live in a transitional living facility of 8 apartments.

Most of these people have some type of physical disability or suffer from depression and they do not take good care of themselves when it comes to eating.

I believe God is using me to help them. I have witnessed incredible miracles occur in their lives just 6 weeks in knowing and helping them.

The little money I have had has been stretched to amazing heights. I transport them to doctor visits, the grocery store, etc. daily and always have just enough gas to get them to their destination and back again.

I have recently spent $80 of my food stamp money on basic foods and have been cooking them meals because most are unhealthy. I am particularly concerned with an 8 1/2 month pregnant woman who is not eating right- not because she doesn't want to but because she was never taught proper nutrition.

Yesterday I was blessed with a church offering me 12 loafs of day-old bakery bread and some eggs. I can NOT waste this food.

The majority of my life I was financially well-off and I never had to worry about not having food.

Can anyone give me suggestions on how to best use the following items as well as how to properly store them (such as freezing) so as not to waste one ounce?

Remember, this food MUST last clear through September because it's all I have to offer them until I get $80 more food in October.

The $80 I used apparently was NOT well spent because I am running out of food in just 5 days. It included items such as milk, butter, hamburger (stretched VERY thin), dried pasta and bread.

Because my pantry of such items as olive oil, vinegar, condiments, spices, etc. was stolen during my move here I don't have much to flavor the foods I prepare other than salt, pepper, mustard and mayonnaise.

I feel I should use whatever money I can scrape together to buy things to flavor the food so that it's pleasurable for them to eat.

This food will be used to feed two fifty year old men, two forty year old women, two thirty year old women (one pregnant), a three year old girl, a seven year old boy, and two seventy year old women. There are 10 total excluding me.

I can exist on a sandwich a day but the other residents are larger than me. And the children are active.

I would SO appreciate any creative suggestions. I just know God will come through for us and I thank you for helping me with your suggestions so that I can continue helping them.

They are really wonderful people. They've just fallen through the cracks and have no-one in their lives to care for them.

Items I have on hand:

3 lbs frozen navy beans
10 lbs potatoes
1 lb pinto beans
48 eggs
8 cups of breakfast corn flakes
2 lbs of white rice
4 cans of green beans
2 cans of peaches
2 onions
1 small can of tuna
1 large bag of egg noodles
2 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese
3 sticks of butter

Jar of ketchup
Jar of mayonnaise
Salt
Pepper


Much love to all of you, Miggy
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I think it's great you're helping these people but is there a reason they cannot get food stamps for themselves? I don't understand why or how you think your $80/month is going to feed 10 people + yourself for a month. I'm sure you could but it won't be very healthy. I can't help but think you're being taken advantage of by these people.
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A lot of the supermarkets will throw out food that has exceeded its sell by date but not its use by date. In the UK the big chains donate unsold food like sandwiches, ready made meals and other perishables to good causes. I suggest you get in contact with some of your local supermarkets, explain what you are doing and see if they will help. This food otherwise gets thrown in the skip at the back of the shop.

i wish you all the best with your work.
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Also, if you can spare the investment you need to be thinking about a cheap and effective renewable garden. The absolute cheapest thing I can tell you to do that will make an immediate impact is to buy 1 chive and 1 leek at the food store. They need to be uncut and have a tiny bit of their white roots still left. As long as you can see the bottom white part you're set. Then just plant them. You can even plant them in a cup of dirt and leave outside your door. They will thrive and continue to grow pretty much forever. Just cut off the arms and leave the base of the chive or leek. The regrow very quickly, maybe a week or two. so for a $3 investment you've got a sustainable vegetable that adds nutrition and loads of flavor. They both make great additions to home-made soups like potato leek, egg drop and many more.


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Renewable garden is a great idea for flavouring the food! I also do this with green onions - plant the very ends with roots. And even celery will work sometimes and potato peelings & sprouts from potatoes. But the green onions always do great & grow fast.

Miggy, don't know what to suggest for items on hand now other than the bean/rice mixture and maybe a coleslaw.

But for next time maybe you could purchase some chicken - legs & thigh parts to stretch out in some soups and pot pies. Sometimes you can get a whole chicken on sale for around 3.00 and just cut it up yourself. And some vegies to put in the soups & pot pies.

Pot pies are easy. You basically just need the flour & shortening (I've used just margarine/butter before) to make the two crusts. Then I just put in the vegies (I pre-cook them to soften a little), meat (chicken or ground turkey), and some white sauce, spices and bake.

White sauce is easy and you can use it to top many vegies and meats. Also add spices to white sauce. If you had some sliced lunch meat you could even use up some of that bread by topping it with sliced lunch meat and white sauce.

White sauce is just some flour, margarine/butter, and milk - 2 to 3 TBS margarine, 2-3 TBS flour and 1 cup milk. Put margarine in pan on low, when melted add flour & mix, then the milk. Raise heat to med. low stirring constantly until it thickens. If it comes out too thick just add more milk. And add desired spices only if it is just salt & pepper. I use it instead of canned creamed soups in casseroles & pot pies and to top vegies sometimes.

Maybe you can toast some bread, put a fried (or scrambled) egg on each slice and top with the white sauce flavoured with salt & pepper?

Also with the eggs & bread & milk you could make some french toast if one of the residents there could donate some syrup, jam or honey to top it. I use wild berries as a topping.

And if you can get some carrots you could make carrot salad by grating them and adding mayonnaise (& raisins if you can afford them). Carrot salad is inexpensive and so good, healthy also - just like coleslaw.

Do you live near any woods? Too late this year but maybe next year you could go berry picking if you do have woods. I just did - wild blackberries, raspberries, loganberries and also we have wild plums here. The berries freeze well and I picked enough to have them for a very long time!

If you can get your hands on some fruit try baked fruit for a desert. I bake apples, pears and even bananas - the bananas right in the skin for about 15 min. It makes a great healthy dessert.

Anyway, good luck to you! It is so wonderful of you to be trying to feed so many other people on your limited budget! Maybe some of the churches can help out. Most communities have some kind of food bank also.
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Ya know, there was a time when I was down to 25 cents a day and I had to be VERY creative. Mind you this was years ago. But that was when I could buy a bean burrito at Taco Bell for 25 cents. Anyway, this last week I saw Walgreen's had raman noodle soup for sale for 19 cents each. It is usually cheaper to buy it by the case to save even more on it when you are able. When desperate, it can fill a tummy and tastes good.
There are lots of great ideas coming your way on this site which is terrific. Definitely check out the food pantries, check with those you are helping and perhaps pool the food stamp money to be able to make some practical purchases in bigger quantities. Get a PO Box where we can send you coupons at the very least.

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