Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Nashville Food Bloggers Against Hunger

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Last month, local food blogger and Tennessean writer Jennifer Justus attended the screening of A Place at the Table at the Belcourt. Afterward, she was moved to take action, to participate in Food Bloggers Against Hunger. She rounded up several food blogger friends, word spread and this week, a number of us participated in the program with the purpose of raising awareness about hunger and make anti-hunger legislation a priority in Congress. It’s particularly fitting that this is happening now after a proposal appeared in our state legislature that would cut support to families if their children don't perform in school.

As part of the project, bloggers were asked to share a personal story, consider the amount of money recipients are given to purchase food (about $4 per day), and/or share budget-friendly and healthy recipes. Here’s a roundup of Nashville-area participants (if you have participated and I missed you, please let me know):

A Nasty Bite: Jennifer shares her story plus a recipe for collard greens and white beans similar to a meal she remembers from childhood.

Lesley Eats: I share a number of recipes with ideas for side dishes to make complete meals, plus a few of my favorite budget-stretching shopping tips.

Sweet Betweens: Alexandra shares a number of great links to organizations working to fight hunger, including Vanderbilt’s Mobile Market, a student-run program whose mission is to provide a sustainable source of healthy foods in low/no access neighborhoods.

Eat. Drink. Smile.: Beth posted a budget-friendly recipe for Turkey Sausage and Spinach Ragù on Parmesan Polenta, noting that leftover ingredients can be used in many other dishes to make the dollars for this one go pretty far.

Life a la Mode: Tabitha discovered that $4 doesn’t go very far for creating a meal, but decided on a Ground Beef and Green Bean Stir-Fry.

Corbin in the Dell
: Melissa writes about a number of initiatives that have taken place in Nashville to battle food deserts and hunger and shares a recipe for Turnip Raab and Bean Pasta that could easily be converted to a vegetarian and gluten-free recipe.

Vivek’s Epicurean Adventures
: Vivek writes about a class on food culture at Vanderbilt and what he learned from it plus a recipe for Basmati Rice Salad (that I plan to make soon).

An Organic Process: Amanda writes about being the child of a single mom and how lucky she feels that not only did they not go hungry, but her mother managed to provide healthy meals. She came up with a recipe from pantry staples, Tomatoes and Cannellini Beans over Brown Rice, that is also vegetarian and gluten-free.

La Aguacate: Annakate decided to share a recipe that uses WIC-qualified ingredients, Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos.

Erin’s Food Files: Erin writes about her disappointment over the fact that unhealthy food is generally cheaper and easier to obtain than healthy food and offers a recipe for Red Lentil Curry Soup with Spinach as a tasty alternative.

Good Food Matters
: Nancy writes about what she does personally to address the concerns of malnutrition and hunger in our community and shares three fantastic recipes (complete with cost per serving for each).

Food Is a Good Thing
: Adrien writes about the efficiency of buying and processing a whole chicken instead of parts and all that you can do with it. This is something I remember my mother doing when I was a child and I’m afraid it’s a bit of a lost art for many people in urban areas, but something that is easily learned.

And finally, Jennifer is working to hold another screening and/or discussion of A Place at the Table with a panel of local chefs, food activists, and anti-hunger organizations. Details are still being worked out, but will be published as soon as possible. Update: the event will take place Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

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