Archive for December, 2008

Ornament in Progress

What I’m busy working on:

Easy. Blog Out Hunger.


Nearly every Monday, I go food shopping. Well, sometimes it’s Tuesday or Wednesday.

You know this because periodically, you may see illustrations or doodles in my blog that feature these labels from the produce department of the supermarket, where I like to shop.

Every time I go through the checkout, the cashier asks me if I would like to donate one, three or five dollars to the Food Bank of New Jersey. Since I’m on a very tight budget, but knowing that even the smallest amount could make a difference in someones life, I usually pull a buck from my pocket and put it on the counter. It’s only a buck.

If I don’t have a buck to spare, I’ll grab an extra can of beets (only 50¢) and make sure that it finds its way to the local food pantry. I do what I can.  No pun intended.

Last week, Wegmans made it easy for me. Canned corn and green beans were on sale. These are not items I would normally buy, but they were CHEAP. I grabbed two cans, knowing I would bring them to a collection site.

Two cans, 33¢ each. This amount of change pictured below. It’s nothing, right?

When I’d finished shopping and I loaded everything into my car. I sat there for a moment, thinking about the cans in the back and what they cost.

I know, you’re probably thinking, “Laur, um, why are you telling me this?”

I sat there thinking that there are over 8 million people in New Jersey. If half of those people could donate a dollar a week towards feeding people who can’t afford to eat, that would be 4 million dollars. That’s alot of dollars. If another million people, maybe those who can’t spare a dollar, donated a can of food, that would be  one million cans.

Maybe you don’t even need to go to the store to find something that could help…

You know, that can of cream of whatchamacallit soup that’s sitting in the very back of your pantry? Maybe those canned pears you bought by mistake? The wrong brand? The wrong size? The wrong flavor? You’re not sure what to do with it? Someone else might want it.

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey needs whatever you can give them. It’s easy.

Participating Bloggers for “We Can’t Let This Bank Fail” campaign:
3) Jersey Girl Cooks
Simply Sable
5) John and Lisa are eating in South Jersey
6) Padma’s Kitchen
7) Chefdruck
8) Life Lightly Salted
9) My Italian Grandmother
10) Cook Appeal
11) Crotchety Old Man Yells at Cars
12) Mommy Vents
13) This Full House
14) Paper Bridges
15) Motherhood Avenue
16) The Kamienski Chronicles
Down the Shore with Jen 
18) Fits and Giggles
19) House Hubbies Home Cooking
20) Nourish Ourselves
23) Off the broiler 
24) Mrs. Mo’s New Jersey Baby 
28) Savy Source Newark
29) Momlogic New Jersey
33) Best of Roxy
34) Citizen
36) Jersey Beat 
37) Pop Vulture Phil
Mike Halfacres Blog 
42) Somerset08873
Family, Friends and Food
47) New Jersey Real Estate Report
49) More Monmouth Musings
50) Man of Infirmity
51) Another Delco Guy in South Jersey
53) Average Noone
54) Cleary’s Notebook
55) Welcome to my Planet
56) The Center of New Jersey Life
57) Sharon’s Food Blog
58) Morristown, Chatham, Summit, and Madison NJ Real Estate
59) Midtown Direct Real Estate News
60) New Jersey Real Estate 
63) The Ridgewood Blog
64) Book a Week with Jen
65) Banannie
67) Matawan Advocate
68) Take Back the Kitchen
69) The Joy of Toast
70) Route 55
71) Montclair
72) SaveJersey
73) Stompbox
74) Joe the Blogger
75) Environmental Republican
76) Stacey Snacks
77) Subversive Garden
78) New Jersey Pathfinder
79) Cooking With Friends Blog
80) Triple Venti
81) Read All About It
82) Rich Lee on Media
83) Likelihood of Success
84) Cape Cuisine
85) The Business At Hand
86) NewJerseyTaxRevolution
87) Figmentations
88) MiddletownMike
89) Caviar and Codfish
90) A Day in the Life
91) Mack’s Journey Through Life
92) Alice’s Restaurant
93) Tiger Hawk
94)Politics Patrol, The Bob Ingle Blog
95) The Food Chain
96) Henson’s Hell
97) Cranbury Conservative
98) Baristanet
99) New Jersey: Politics Unusual
100) Jersey Shore Blog
101) Plainfield Today
102) Beacon Bulletin
103) Journal Square Jersey City 07306
Blogging Chris
105) One Aimless Writer
106) Sidewalk Politics
107) In The Lobby
108) The Cooks Tour
109) Morristown Pedal Pushers
110) Morristown Green

Hey New Jersey Bloggers!

foodbankbutton3This monday, December 15, bloggers from all over the state are banding together to support the Food Bank of New Jersey.

“We Can’t Let This Bank Fail”

The goal is to get 100 New Jersey bloggers to spread the word about the desperate need that The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is in due to increased demands on local food pantries.


Your actions and the power of the written word or visual image can help make a difference in the lives of many.

Find out more about how to participate here:
You can also send an email to jerseybites (at) gmail (dot) com.

If you’re not from New Jersey or you don’t have a blog (and you’d like to help), please consider donating whatever you can. A can of food, a box of spaghetti, a buck. No amount is too small. Really.

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Eat for Cheap and Support the Arts



Like art? Like Spaghetti? Looking for an inexpensive meal? An evening out with live entertainment?

Come to Ducret School of Art on Wednesday, December 10th at 6pm. Bring your sketchbooks, they’ll provide the forks!  It’s one of the few places where you can draw and eat at the same time and nobody will yell at you for it.

Cheap eats! Only $5 dollars per adult, $4 for kids under 12.

Ducret is in a really cool building in the historic Van Wyck Brooks section of Plainfield, NJ.

Call and let them know you’re coming, tell them Lauren the Cartoon Goddess sent you…

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December 2008