Attorneys Against Hunger Challenge

"I anticipate eating lots of rice and beans."

| October 05, 2011
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UPDATE

The Attorneys Against Hunger Challenge raised $8,400 for the Idaho Foodbank.

"One in four Idahoans doesn't know where their next meal is going to come from," Shauna Stonehocker with the Idaho Foodbank told BW.

Read our update to the story here, including comments from the participants following their week-long challenge.

ORIGINAL STORY

As BW was going to press, a group of Treasure Valley attorneys were half-way through a one-week exercise bringing awareness to hunger in Idaho.

Twenty lawyers are participating in the Attorneys Against Hunger Challenge, sustaining themselves on a budget of no more than $30 each ... for the entire week. A daily allowance of $4.30 is roughly the equivalent of the food budget for one in four Americans.

"I anticipate eating lots of rice, beans and ramen noodles," attorney Ritchie Eppink told BW.

True to form, BW checked Eppink's grocery list from Oct. 1. It included $2.33 worth of beans, $.62 of rice and $1.11 of soba noodles. He also bought some soup, potatoes, broccoli, peppers, onions and apples. Total: $25.43.

"Leaving with my one bag's worth of groceries certainly did not come with the usual glow and anticipation that buying fresh and yummy ingredients often can," Eppink blogged.

Jordan Taylor, with the Idaho State Appellate Public Defender's Office, wrote that he and his wife Francesca experienced the same difficulty.

"Our biggest challenge is to prepare healthy and delicious food," blogged Taylor. "The main thing that we cannot do is eat out at restaurants because that would blow our whole budget for multiple days."

The attorneys are also using the challenge to solicit $8,000 in pledges of support to the Idaho Foodbank. Follow their progress or make pledges at idahoyounglawyers.org.

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