Well well well, it’s nearly the end! This will be my penultimate post, to recap and end the food bank fast which we have undertaken for a whole 40 days. Keith Hebden had his first meal last night; his 40-day fast is now ended, and he has done really well! He’s adjusting to food again, and we will all have to adjust to taking back the privilege we had before Lent, to be well fed and healthy. I only pray that we don’t forget what we’ve learned, and that we don’t ever stop speaking out against the drastic inequality in our society.
The End Hunger Fast campaign is not quite over, however, and as it ends on Wednesday, Ruth and I are going to hang on for a few more days. Yesterday we spent ages agonising over and eventually purchasing a realistic food bank parcel with our £15, which we thought would last us for 3 days. We have rationed everything down to the last tin, but as the Trussell Trust describe here we have included some treats as well. We tried to follow their shopping list as closely as possible. Nothing is perishable, or requires a fridge, freezer or oven to cook or store. We are not using anything from our cupboards, not even those amazing mixed herbs which are STILL going. Here is our receipt to prove it:
We will be having sachets of microwave porridge for breakfast, soup and crackers for lunch and some interesting dinners: Jamaican cup-a-soup mix with butter beans, pasta with tomato sauce, and some stir fry with rice for our dinners.
I did also mention treats: Aldi provided us with some little frangipane cakes and some ginger nut biscuits, which came in handy this morning when we realised that the porridge sachets we had bought are tiny child portions. Honestly. The porridge didn’t even fill a third of a normal-sized bowl. It was quite yummy though 🙂 And having cake for breakfast is great.I have just had my red pepper, tomato and lentil soup from Sainsbury’s, with crackers, for lunch. It was nice, but I miss being able to cook something for myself! With such a limited shop, though, there’s no chance of making things from scratch. The other downside, so far, is that the food we have bought seems like just enough to keep us going. I have been feeling hungry since breakfast time; I guess we are used to larger portion sizes and more calories.
Oh, in case you were wondering, the most interesting thing I bought (which you may have spotted from the receipt) is this:
All foolishness aside, that one sachet of stock and spices is hopefully going to make a meal for two people, with just a tin of butterbeans added. We had to agonise over every item in our trolley this time, so that we don’t get scurvy/anaemia/low blood sugar. There will be one more post to come from me, on Thursday, letting you know how we did. We will never stop buying Basics range products, drinking cheap coffee or baking soda bread, and not a scrap of our food will be thrown away from now on. These are the things we have learned this Lent; to walk with our Lord in the wilderness and to walk with those who have to live this life every day. We must make the most of what we have, and we must not let people starve in this country. On Thursday, we will also let you know how much we think we have saved, which will be donated to End Hunger Fast.
It’s been a pleasure sharing this journey with you. Until next time,