PSA: An LJ blogger I follow recently posted an excellent guide on this subject that needs to be spread more widely:
Foodstamps 101

Even if you don't need it now, put it in your memories, you or someone you know may need it in the future.

There are more Americans living with food insecurity and hunger than in the past 50+ years. The local talk radio station just had a fundraiser day for food banks, the need is so great. This is a consequence of the Great Recession, and not likely to go away soon.
Through September 4:

50# Long Grain White Rice, $14.68.

This is under 30 cents per pound. If you eat a lot of rice, this is a good deal.

We are alrady stocked up, so we may not get any, but I figured I'd let others know.
ravan: (451F)
( Jul. 28th, 2010 01:46 am)
One of my more arrogant acquaintances deigned to make a post today about how people treat those they see as beneath them. It was very ironic, because she sees everyone as beneath her, except if she wants something from you, then she'll suck up.
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tl;dr bonus: Bird's Tip Calc

If you live in California, the sales tax is about 9% +/- 0.5% If you take the sales tax and double it, then round down to the nearest $0.5 for average service, up to the nearest $0.5 for good service, but only do a single multiple rounded up for mediocre service, you'll probably be about right or ahead of the curve.

Before someone gets in a randian libertarian rant about tips, realize that in California, people in tip making jobs are taxed on their estimated tips whether they actually earned them or not, plus their employers are allowed to pay them less salary because of it. Regardless of whether you approve of the practice, it has been going on since before I was born, and stiffing the nice person who brought you breakfast is not going to change it. It just hurts their feelings, their income, and their taxes - you essentially become an agent of government oppression. Tip your waiters - it lets you decide more directly what their pay will be.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jun. 3rd, 2008 02:59 pm)
Tough Choice: What to Put On Menu at Hunger Summit

My advice? Serve what most of the world eats: rice, beans, legumes, vegetables, breads and pasta. Maybe a nice side of weevils... Maybe a nice side of cow/goat/chicken dairy products.

Or, if they really want to get things focused on hunger, they can serve emergency rations like they get in refugee camps.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Dec. 23rd, 2007 02:13 pm)
Casseroles: at one point in time in the 80s I was known as the Casserole Queen, because that is what I made, and ate.

I was broke, you see, unemployed and only had $25 left in the month after my rent and utilities were paid out of what token that the state gave me for unemployment. Ramen didn't cut it.

So, the formula:
Starch - rice or noodles. Don't use "minute" rice - it's a waste of money! You can also use other grains, whatever you have on hand.
Protein - tuna, eggs, beans or real meat. I used cheap tuna, or dropped an egg into the boiling water.
Veggies - cheap frozen mixed veggies. Find the cheapest per ounce. A big bag can last weeks!
Sauce - the flavor lives here. Use things like cream of whatever soup, canned spaghetti sauce, or bouillion and spices.

I used corningware - heat the water on the stovetop, add ingredients, stir it up, stuff it into the oven, bake 'till done. You can also simmer it on the stove, too.

A regular 2 quart corningware pan full would feed me for 2 days.

To drink I drank (generic) coffee, iced tea or water.

It's low fat, no fast food, and cheap. I lost weight, but I didn't starve.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jun. 4th, 2007 12:32 pm)

Toothpaste made in China contaminated with
DEG - an antifreeze component.

After the wheat and rice gluten problems, plus the cough syrup problems in other coutries from Chinese manufactured stuff, [ profile] datapard and I have decided that:
a) all food we buy must be labelled with the country of origin. If it's not, we don't buy, no matter how cheap.
b) we will not buy food, medicine, pet food or personal care products that are made in China.
c) Our preferences in all buying will be for locally produced goods first, then West Coast USA, then USA, then North America, then EU countries, and finally asia (Korea, Vietnam, India).
d) We will prefer organic, sustainable and free trade over other types/brands.

The closer to us something is made, the less fuel it takes to transport it. If it's made/grown in the USA, it's less likely to be contaminated with poisons like pesticides or adulterants that are toxic but used to boost the profitability of the stuff.

We can't yet go totally local (within 100 miles), but we can certainly try for closer.
ravan: by ravan (Love Me Feed Me)
( Jul. 13th, 2006 01:28 pm)
This is a rant, about food, diets, advertisements, stupidity and lies. Do not read if any of these are triggering.
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