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Living on a food budget of $4.50 a day
Rochester, N.Y. - Even in the pouring rain people lined up at Foodlink's mobile produce stand which on Thursday is parked on St. Paul Street.
"They truly appreciate what we have been doing. Just getting these fresh fruits and vegetables to them," said Florence Clemmons, a foodlink volunteer.
A new report says one in eight people in New York don't know where their next meal will come from. Half of those people are children.
In the Rochester Finger Lakes area the number of people who sometimes go hungry is equal to the population of Greece and Brighton combined.
Tim Scott knows what it means to be hungry. He carefully packed a lunch that costs less than many mornings stops for coffee.
"I'm doing my best to live off of $4.50 I day, but it's been tough," he says.
As a volunteer coordinator for Foodlink Tim sees people struggling to have enough to eat. To better understand what that really means He is living for one week on the average budget for someone who relies solely on food stamps.
$4.50 a day.
"It's been really difficult," he said. "I'm eating less than I normally would."
He started the week at Wegmans with the calculator. Then bypassed most meet fruits and vegetables- Too expensive.
Instead he wound up back at Foodlink's curbside market.
"I've been able to get some fresh food and vegetables in there instead of eating Ramen Noodles every day. I've had some success but I also have a lot of resources at my disposal. From working here at Foodlink," he said.
That early success call mumbles as the week progresses. Last night Tim went to bed hungry. Today's rations haven't kept up.
"It's definitely tough to watch other people snack throughout the day when my food money is spent already," he said.
For Tim next week life will return to normal. He will do so mindful that for so many peopleho living on food stamps, worrying about their next meal is normal.