Nonetheless, on Thursday night I bought all my food for the next five days. Mostly consisting of peanut butter, tomato soup, beans, rice and Ramen noodles, my total for the purchase came to $7.57, 7 cents over the limit.
Was it the healthiest? No. But cheap food isn’t always the best for you, a fact that compounds an already brutal predicament for those in poverty.
My first day, I only ate a dollar’s worth of Ramen noodles and peanut butter. While my tummy did rumble, I went to bed content knowing that I had made my goal. About 3 a.m. though, the growling turned to an itch. By morning, a nasty rash had covered my lower back and was spreading to my stomach. My belly puffed up as if I were indeed one of the hot air balloons that were destined to go overhead shortly. As I had to wear one of those terrible hospital gowns when I arrived at the Immediate Care Center, this is where the partial nudity came in. The nurse’s eyes may still be blinded by the whiteness.
While I had hoped for chicken pox just so I could feel young again, the doctor proclaimed that I had had a severe allergic reaction and gave me a steroid shot in the old keister. Looking back, it had to be the Ramen noodles — possibly the stupidest food in the world to which to be allergic. I grabbed a loaf of bread for a dollar to replace the rest of my stash and proceeded. Needless to say, I won’t count the prednisone I’m now on in the $1.50 a day total.
So here I am on my fourth day of the challenge and still going strong, albeit at times scratching a bit. If you’d like to donate funds to CARE so that my allergic reaction was not in vain, check out www.livebelowtheline.com/me/hoosiermandy. Even a buck can feed a person a meal, which in turn helps to change the world one full belly at a time.
No hunger strikes, imprisonment or too much nudity is even required.
— Amanda Beam is a Floyd County resident and Jeffersonville native. Contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org