Hi, my name is Maria and I’m about to live for 30 days on $30 worth of food. I’m doing this primarily to raise money for Blandford Nature Center and Mixed Greens, but I also hope to raise awareness about the limited diet available to people living on a low income.

Between April 10 and May 9, 2008, I will not spend more than $30 TOTAL for food. In a typical month, I spend about $250 on groceries, coffee, and restaurant meals, so this is a big reduction for me. At the end of the month I’ll donate the difference to Blandford Nature Center and Mixed Greens. Along the way, I’ll be sharing my experiences on this blog. You can follow along as I attempt to survive on a diet heavy on starch, local food that I’ve traded labor for, and foraged food like dandelion greens.

If you would like to contact me, feel free to leave a comment on any of the relevant blog posts, or send an email to ricebeansmixedgreens (at) yahoo (dot) com.



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