When your budget gets tight, a lot of fun stuff starts dropping off of your personal menu. Eating out is definitely one of those things that you figure out pretty fast is an unnecessary luxury. As your budget tightens, you notice a lot of other items falling off the list as well. Pretty soon you’re eating a lot of things that you would not normally eat just so you have something, anything, to put on the table. Your choices become less “healthy” as you try to make your diminishing budget stretch so that you can feed yourself and your family. It’s an old story that we are all familiar with, even if we aren’t the ones having to make that choice.
The Round Rock Area Serving Center is painfully aware of that problem. As a food pantry for five zip codes in and around Round Rock, they feed 1300 families per month. They constantly strive to do whatever they can to provide nutritious food for these folks, but they can only do so much. They have a budget too, and one of the items that the Serving Center has a challenge providing is fresh vegetables. [Read more…]