Michelle – FAQ’s about the week

June 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm 1 comment

So, I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about A Week in Their Kitchen, which is great. I’m really glad people are so interested in the week and have been following closely.

A few of the questions I’ve been asked frequently (and my answers):

1. So, how’s the challenge going?

This is the questions I’ve been asked the most – a general question, but a good one. The week is going really well. It’s been quite busy. The biggest challenge has been trying to find time to prepare meals. Although we received quite a bit of food in our hampers it’s been challenging to find meals within it all. My eyes have been opened to the importance of cash donations in addition to food donations. Food donations are always needed, but cash donations help the food bank to round out the contents of the hamper, allowing for more balanced hampers to be distributed.

2. Are you hungry?

No, I haven’t found myself going hungry. There’s plenty of food, and it’s guaranteed I won’t run out. That being said, I’m so much more aware of how indulgent my regular eating habits are. Outside of the challenge I’m free to eat exactly what I want, when I want. If I don’t feel like eating something I bring to work for lunch I can save it until the next day and eat from the cafeteria. If I am tired and want to order a pizza, I will. My kitchen is always stocked with food that I like to eat – not food that I have to eat out of necessity. Yes, I got treats in my hamper – cookies, chocolate, candy – and although I appreciate them I would rather have foods that I like and know are good for me.

3. If someone invites you for dinner or offers to buy you lunch can you take their offer?

If I were an actual client of the food bank and someone offered me food, I’m sure I wouldn’t turn it down. I’m sure clients of the food bank are invited to barbecues or invited out for dinner by someone who will be picking up the tab. But for the purpose of the challenge, I’m not taking these offers. I plan to attend a barbecue tonight, but I will not be having a burger or beers. I won’t munch on my friend’s popcorn tomorrow night when we go to the movies. I want to honour the rules of the challenge. It’s impossible for people who do not actually need the food bank services to replicate the experience of those who do, but we can follow the rules and make sure we’re all on an even playing field. In the name of full disclosure – I did have my boyfriend over for dinner the other night to help me eat up some of the hot dogs, salad and cookies from my basket.

4. What have you been eating?

I’ve been pretty well fed all week. Although it’s not all food I would eat outside the challenge, it’s been fine. I eat simply to begin with and have kept the challenge as such. A quick list of a few of the things I’ve eaten this week:

  • Breakfast has been a meal replacement drink and either piece of fruit or granola bar
  • I made spaghetti sauce and pasta at the beginning of the week and it has served me well for a few lunches so far
  • Hot dogs and caesar salad
  • Spinach and mushroom omelette
  • Bean and weiners with toast
  • Canned tomato soup and buttered bread
  • Lettuce, carrot and mushroom salad with oil and vinegar dressing
  • Snacks of cookies, apples, toast, candy, oatmeal

5. How can I donate to the food bank and Husky Help the Hungry week?

– There’s lots of ways to donate, all of which can be found on the food bank’s homepage. If you’re out and about on Saturday you can drop by participating Husky and Mohawk gas stations (listed on the food bank website) and leave a food or cash donation with them.


Entry filed under: Calgary Food Bank, Michelle.

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  • 1. Leah  |  June 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I totally agree with your answer to number 2 – this challenge has taught me how much freedom I have in my life, right down to the little things like being able to eat however indulgently I want. I will definitely be encouraging people to donate cash to the food bank over food donations as Brooke has said the food bank can stretch $1.00 into the equivalent of $4.00 by purchasing bulk, etc.

    I’m definitely not going hungry either, but it is frustrating to have to eat what other people are “telling” me to.


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