Friday, September 7, 2012


A college student by the name of Jen in Madison, Wisconsin began sharing her knowledge of healthy foods by cooking meals for her friends. For $5.00 they could come together for a healthy dinner. Within a short time, a chapter leader for Slow Food USA, was part of a team organizing regular dinners for 100-150 people.
As Gordon Jenkins, associate director of network engagement at Slow Food USA tells it, "People were volunteering in the kitchen at Jen's dinners and commenting that "Oh, my gosh, I didn't know that this cold be just $5.00 and it could be so much fun to cook together". Why $5.00?  Five dollars is about how much a fast food meal costs. It is also approximately the amount of money that nearly 50 million Americans receive per person per day in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) once known as food stamps. Mark Britton, a writer of the New York Times, did some foot work and visited a McDonald's and ordered food and drinks for a family of four.  The cost was $28.00 or $7.00 per person.

Some people tell me they can't afford to eat healthy.  I don't ever pretend to know another's financial situation. I do know that cooking doesn't have to be pricey or complicated. The best meals are clean, good wholesome foods simply cooked.

Source: digital IDEA Fitness Journal  The fast Food Fallacy  Sandy Webster