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May God multiply the loaves and fishes. As in then as in now!
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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
 Quoting: Miggy

was thinking maybe you can get others to send stuffs too. maybe to you via post office. not sure if they still allow general delivery or not. but its a thought.
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Sorry I am awful at cooking so can't really offer any help but just wanted to say that OP you sound like an amazing woman, I wish God was as proud of me as I imagine he is with you hf
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I know this is GLP, but has anyone mentioned a tomato plant? Everyone I know who has one has too many to eat. Those things produce like crazy. People who like them will eat them as a snack. Or even a meal adding some bread. For people who don't... you can cook them with beans, for example, to make a soup.

Do you eat with these people? If you are preparing the meals, you ought to eat, too. Then you would have a better idea of portions because you'd be eating, too. Some people do need more food, of course. But, at least you'd have an idea.

Carrots aren't expensive and adding carrot to a dish adds a lot of nutrition. They keep well, too.

People who grow corn often give it away because corn stalks produce a lot. Same thing with squash.
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A cheap, filling snack is popcorn. Get the old kind made on the stove. Popcorn, a little oil, and salt and you have a good snack. Sometimes people need snacks and this one is about as cheap as you can get.

Also, instead of pasta, what about ramen noodles? Save the seasoning packet for something else.
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Go down to the local fresh food street markets and get yourself some plastic bags and make a big colourful sign ..saying food needed to feed these people ...stick real photos on the poster and make sure it is easy and simply to understand and read
then go from stall to stall and ask for any fruit and veg that will be thrown away that day ....then get the people from the home to help carry and collect the stuff about half an hour before the market closes (be on time) other wise you will be picking the stuff out the bin

from what is given too you you can make soup and stews ...use the beans and potatoes to add protein and carbs

Good luck and may the force be with you 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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Miggy...I live in Dallas...I was serious in my earlier post... Are you somewhere in Oklahoma? If these folks need food I can load my Honda Element (Holds a lot) and bring it to you.
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I've lived in a couple transitional homes in 3 different states. Always tons of food from local store donations(tax write off). All of you guys would be on foodstamps. If your signing up to live in a transitional housing that's practically the first thing they throw at you. The ones with kids get wic. And you wouldn't be coming home from church at 11:00pm getting on the internet since they usually have curfews where you would be in bed by 9pm.
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Thread is suspicious.
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Hi...Crepes! You can make some peach crepes.

Crepes are pretty much flour, eggs, water and a bit of sugar and oil/butter. If you have a blender, very easy to make them. Go research some crepes recipes -- these are a great "stretcher" and taste luxurious.

You can fill them with peaches (or sauteed apples if you can get some apples from someone, or bannanas...). If you have nothing, a bit of powdered sugar and lemon or a bit of sugar and cinnamon will do...even peanut butter!
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You can make some nice toast egg dishes:

egg in the basket -- make a hole in toast, butter pan...put in toast and crack egg in the middle. You cook the egg in the middle of the toast...sprinkle with salt & pepper (or seasoning...I use Old Bay or cajun Seasoning...any kind of seasoning) flip it over. Don't forget to cook the little round "hole" piece of toast too. This is something children will gobble up.

Gypsy Toast -- which is just like french toast, sans the sugar/sweetness and just the eggs. So, whisk eggs with some salt and pepper, put in toast, and cook like french toast.
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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.

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I used to be a preschool teacher and this was always the children's favorite story.
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Miggy,
The least you can do is come back and give us more details. I would glady bring you bulk food I am in the heart of okc, and free everyday.
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that if you have a PO Box, besides sending you coupons, some of us can send you heirloom seed packets if you have garden space. Some of your folks you are assisting may be interested in helping plant, weed, water, and tend the garden. It tends to bring community spirit to the process and is so much easier to get the food to the table.
Lot's of ideas are buzzing round our heads tonight. Hope you have a good nights sleep and see more great comments in the morning.
 Quoting: Cooper Spur

Why are so many "enabling" this poor woman? Cant you see she isnt thinking clearly,spending all her foodstamps on not enough food for 10 people for the month? why does she feel this need to run herself ragged for other people,eating 1 sandwich a day for herself? and the little food she bought has almost zero nutrition value and has to be extended! she needs professional help,we should be urging her to seek help,she can call crises services since this is an emergency.
 Quoting: betty189


Whats it matter to you?

If it makes her happy and gives her a sense of accomplishment.. so be it...

Also quit talking about her as if she cant read what you are saying... We get the point you think she is crazy...

Yes it is crazy to starve yourself and do without, while giving away your food... letting others use your time and car and gas...

But I do crazy things too... as do we all! If it makes her happy... so be it! Life sucks... if this is what she needs to make her life less sucky... then let her.

I think she got the point
 Quoting: Dr. Acula
it matters to me,she posted asking for opinions,well those are my opinions,pretty much facts,im allowed to post just like anyone else.
I wish that I could have this moment for life,cuz in this moment I just feel so alive...
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that if you have a PO Box, besides sending you coupons, some of us can send you heirloom seed packets if you have garden space. Some of your folks you are assisting may be interested in helping plant, weed, water, and tend the garden. It tends to bring community spirit to the process and is so much easier to get the food to the table.
Lot's of ideas are buzzing round our heads tonight. Hope you have a good nights sleep and see more great comments in the morning.
 Quoting: Cooper Spur

Why are so many "enabling" this poor woman? Cant you see she isnt thinking clearly,spending all her foodstamps on not enough food for 10 people for the month? why does she feel this need to run herself ragged for other people,eating 1 sandwich a day for herself? and the little food she bought has almost zero nutrition value and has to be extended! she needs professional help,we should be urging her to seek help,she can call crises services since this is an emergency.
 Quoting: betty189


Whats it matter to you?

If it makes her happy and gives her a sense of accomplishment.. so be it...

Also quit talking about her as if she cant read what you are saying... We get the point you think she is crazy...

Yes it is crazy to starve yourself and do without, while giving away your food... letting others use your time and car and gas...

But I do crazy things too... as do we all! If it makes her happy... so be it! Life sucks... if this is what she needs to make her life less sucky... then let her.

I think she got the point
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it matters to me,she posted asking for opinions,well those are my opinions,pretty much facts,im allowed to post just like anyone else.
 Quoting: betty189


you are correct. You have as much right as anyone :)

I support free speech... even when i dont like what the other person is saying. lol
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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.
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Just get a couple of breads and fishes then.
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Bumping for OP to respond.
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I cook lots of Italian foods from scratch.

Pasta noodles are super cheap or you can make it even cheaper yourself with 3 ingredients! You can make eggless pasta too that costs even less(recipe is found online)!

You need to home make your sauce, garlic bulbs are cheap, farmer market tomatoes or the cheapest you can find. You will however need some dried Italian seasonings but you can find them premixed in larger jars pretty cheap sold as...you guess it...Italian seasoning.

You can add meat to the pasta or not, here we usually chuck up onions ans simmer them into the sauce.
Ground turkey is cheaper than ground beef but if you can find a cheap pork butt roast and grind that yourself you will saves tons more money and pork tastes much better in Italian sauce.

I make months worth of sauce at a time and freeze it for winter! I make some meatless and some with meat.

We grow our own tomatoes but if I couldn't I would keep an eye out for a cheap bushel and stew them down myself.

We use lots of rice and beans here too.
I either home make my breads or freeze store bought.

Making homemade pasta can be something fun for everyone to join in with, the house looks neat with it drying all over the place. You don't need expensive drying dowels either.
Just use a mop or broom handle completely covered with clean foil. Once completely dry pack in anything airtight.
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chuck = chunk
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Can someone clear this up for me?
It concerns when the Feast of Trumpets begins. The Bible says on the 1st day of the seventh month(Tishri) is when the Feast is. And since days begin in the evenings biblically, that would mean the Feast begun on Sunday evening and will finish Monday evening. Correct? I see some people saying it finishes on Tuesday. Please help because I am very confused. Thank you :)
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Can someone clear this up for me?
It concerns when the Feast of Trumpets begins. The Bible says on the 1st day of the seventh month(Tishri) is when the Feast is. And since days begin in the evenings biblically, that would mean the Feast begun on Sunday evening and will finish Monday evening. Correct? I see some people saying it finishes on Tuesday. Please help because I am very confused. Thank you :)
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Sorry, thought this was the Rosh Hashannah thread.
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Bless you dear.
That does not sound like near enough food for so many people.
Are there any other solutions that are viable where you are?
Like dumpster diving? Sounds uncouth but supermarkets throw out huge amounts of food.
Or are there restaurants in your arae that you can approach for left over food?
When I was in Sydney, Oz, there was an outfit that drove vans all the city late at night picking up leavings, and then providing free meals at a central city food stand, and even a little pay if you can restaurant.
hf
Good luck!
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Dumpster diving???

:peepers:
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Dumpster diving:you can google it.
It's been going on for years here, and in Oz and Britain, and elsewhere I'd guess.
People go out late at night, after supermarkets close, and help themselves to the food that is discarded.
It's kind of disgraceful just how much is thrown away.
If an egg breaks in a carton the whole carton is dumped. same with a bottle of wine in a carton,cheese and bread that is a day past its use by date,bruised fruit and vegetables, etc ad nauseum.
A national magazine had an article about it recently-one artist used only paints and canvasses etc. that had been dumped.
Such wastage when people are going hungry.
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Bumping for OP to respond.
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Just let the stupid tear jerking, drama thread die.
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she's been logged in
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All I can recommend is that you do not use the rice and beans separately, but combine them. Rice is a good carb, and beans have protein, but only vegetable protein. Combined they act in synergy to produce a dish that is filling but also provides complete protein as would a meat dish.
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this....and multi vitamins. Ask your doctor for samples of theraputic vitamins. Ask health food stores if they would donate some.

And get all those people on food stamps!!! They can probably get emergency food stamps right away. If any are elderly, call your county's agency on aging and ask for resource info.
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Miggy go to the nearest Catholic church and tell them you need food. Then tell them to fix their calendar system so that the hunger problem gets fixed.
[link to newjerusalemcalendar.com]


Sat Aug 6/30/12
 Quoting: King Russ

True. And make it more than clear that youre white, and you hate Muslims, and…

And before you know of it… Bingo.
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This thread has truly humbled me, be it true or not. My freezer and pantry are packed full, yet I am always complaining that there is no food in the house simply because there is nothing I can grab quick. To the person who gave the recipe for ketchup packet soup...I am glad you got through that rough patch. Miggy, I pray you get through yours as well.

Blessings for all.
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Bumping for OP to respond.
 Quoting: BooBooKitty


Just let the stupid tear jerking, drama thread die.
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Don't mean to be mean, BUT, cornflakes has NO NUTRITION what-so-ever!!

How about the local food bank. Do you know what kind of "wild" plants grow in your area (use for teas, soup or stir-fry). How about picking wild fruit? I'm sure the children would love doing that. Check out the nearby restaurants for "garbage" food - tossed out simply because the customer couldn't eat it all. Spend the little $$$ you have on beans, grains and greens.
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So, Miggy, you coming back to this thread?

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