By Phoenix Calida
I’ve always hated the food shamers.
The people who think it’s easy for a family in poverty to eat healthy/vegan/vegetarian. The articles that talk about poor people food and then showcase recipes actual poor people can never afford.
So to make a point I walked around the local Walmart (low price leader) and took pics.
I’ve had a hankering for a pan full of roasted vegetables.
Since I have to feed myself and my children (and possibly my parents depending on the day) I wanted to see exactly how much a healthy vegan dinner would cost.
So my recipe would be something like…
4 Yukon gold potatoes
2 red bell peppers
A couple carrots
And maybe some tofu.
That meal, made solely of veggies. No fruit. No juice, no broth, no meat….
total cost before tax = $27.67
$30. For one meal. With no meat. At this rate I would spend $90 a day on food.
Ok. Just think on that.
$90 every day on food. And there’s 30 days in a month?
Hell, even middle class folks can’t afford that. My entire monthly food budget is a very generous $500. If I cooked meals like this one, I’d squander my entire monthly budget in under a week.
And just to further the point, while it’s un healthier, Hamburger Helper, a pound of meat, and a can of veggies is $6 and enough to feed myself and the kids.
Or… for the same price I could get
4 pounds of pork,
5 pounds of rice
6 cans of fruit and veggies
1 box of instant potatoes
And a gallon of milk
Equals three cans of ravioli
And people who can only logistically get 1 store? It’s walmart because it has groceries, clothes, and cleaning products.
Fuck letting people have options and the ability to actually live well.
All photos courtesy of Phoenix Calida.