Friday, November 18, 2011

Can U live on $4.50 worth of FOOD a Day, Chicago? ARK Chicago's Challenge is on!

ASK's NOTE: The following is a note to the Coordinator of this Event: Ms. Phyllis Nutkis after I read Shalom Klein's posting on Facebook. By all means, please read the Letter and get involved. It definitely will be a good learning experience. I have included many interesting angles in which this can be enacted upon.

~~ ASK ~~

RE: ASK/Chicago: The ARK Begins Local Food Stamp Challenge‏

TO: Ms. Phyllis Nutkis
‘Caring for Chicago’s Jewry, One by One’
6450 N. California Avenue
Chicago – IL 60645 USA


Dear Ms. Nutkis:

As referenced above, that is a very interesting Concept - found online at:

that I would like to participate in.

Luckily, I'm a promoter as well as professional writer - having gotten a citation from the So. Poverty Law Center this past summer for my movie/book series called SKiN (that deals with ending Racism) -- meaning my write-ups, philosophies & ideologies are well-read by a huge population of humanitarians, as myself and others in THE TRIBE.

To get my messages out, Relentlessly, I also BLOG - TWEET & Faceboook on an hourly bases (when up and at the Office &/or Studio).

Please let me know the particulars that are NOT mentioned in this article, located at:

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Of course, a person could STOCK UP on food -- goodies - and doggy bags from T-Day on Nov. 24th - to help them thru this challenging period: Nov. 27-Dec. 1 but that might be cheating.

I would guess that buying FOOD at ALDI's and the cheaper end grocery stores - including FOOD FOR LESS & coupon clipping would be BIG. HOWEVER, the rough 'n tough part is: If you are a devout and Orthodox JEW and keep kosher -- those foods are always much more expensive -- therefore, in economically distressed times like this -- those higher end foods are going to be replaced with cheaper foods -- that are not pareve/kosher just to keep alive...

Plus, you have to wonder. With so many Americans being overweight - obese and/or morbidly obese and even UNABLE to work and/or find work -- where do they get the money -- lots of it -- to feed their Food Addictions. They must, of course, spend more than $4.50 a day to do this -- as their weight exemplifies. These people may not be active participants in your Challenge as they would be facing something (which could be termed as an ‘Obstruction’) that they could not get their ‘minds and/bellies’ around. Therefore, your Demographics would be only of EDUCATED PEOPLE who have a good grip on what it means to be healthy; how to make their meals as affordable as possible and those that are ‘more intellectually enlightened’ than those who do not see Life as: “Eat to Live and/or Live to eat.”

Even though 21ST Century deals with the Almighty Dollar, when it’s depleted, there’s not too much a person can do for entertainment – to keep up his health and/or to even buy a bottle of aspirins if a headache occurs.

Mathematically, $4.50 divided by 3 meals is that $1.50 can be spent for Breakfast – Lunch & Dinner. This does not include Salty & Sugar-coated Snacks. But guess what: Jewel sells their (delicious) generic Yogurts for 59 cents a piece – whereby Whole Foods (same size – 1 person serving) costs $.99. What would be interesting is if a PERSON can live on $4.50 – even less per day…Coupons to ‘The Rescue…’

What’s also OF INTEREST for you to be aware of (since I was a Sociology Major at College where I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974) is that ‘most’ of the world lives on 1 Dollar a Day or less. Therefore, to most of the Members of our Granite Planet here…$4.50 is a small fortune. It just depends on where and how you live and how you ‘plan’ your day and, of course, the Resources at (y)our Disposal.

Like many of us are wondering: I hope Coupons are allowed in this Challenge…I will have to re-read your Rules & Regulations.

IN CLOSING: This is definitely a very interesting Concept - I hope many more Writers and Life-Style Conceptualists as myself participate. Getting a major newspaper like the Chicago Tribune and/or Chicago Sun-Times to feature this story in their weekly Food Section certainly would take this PROBLEM into an entirely different realm.

LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: And, what a great way to LOSE weight - esp. at this time of year...when the TEMPTATION is higher than ever and the Prices soar and soar, ever the higher.

That is why my Script:

SKiN: Sacred Kinship in Nature™
How 10 Beloved Plush Toys Redefine Race ©2009

is so worthwhile. Besides eliminating RACISM, Mankind’s greatest Problem – it dispels the Mixed Signals & Ironies we Humans are bombarded with every Day – Challenges that We have created on our Own and for our Own…

Your turn, Phyllis...

ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Screenwriter - Author - Eventologist - Promoter
Koopersmith's Global Communications
"People read what ASK writes about..."
SKiN: Sacred Kinship in Nature ™
How 10 Beloved Plush Toys Redefine Race ©2009
Chicago - IL USA

11-18-2011 - 12:12 PM CST

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