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Portola Reporter Wednesday, April 15, 2015 7A PLANNING A HOME, REMODEL, ADDITION OR GARAGE? t~, EATING, from page 1A to post their thoughts, recipe ideas and photos on the Plumas Health and Wellness Facebook page. Revene said Public Health hopes to get community leaders -- the people who make decisions for the county -- to participate in the challenge,~ So far, Public Health Director Mimi Hall and Plumas County Supervisor Lori Simpson have both stepped up to the challenge. "The reason we want people Who normally wouldn't even think about doing this to participate is we want people to feel that sense of reduced decision making, or make hard choices, in the same sense that a lot of people in Plumas County do every day," Revene said. For so many people in Plumas County, $4-a-day for food is their every day reality and it doesn't end after one week, Revene added. Revene took on the challenge as someone moving to Plumas County and starting from scratch -- with an empty pantry and $28 to last a week. He said he thought it was important to take this approach, since there are so many in Plumas County in that position. To make his money stretch, Revene had to make some sacrifices. The biggest one, he said, was fresh vegetables. "I typically purchase a lot of fresh vegetables. The only fresh vegetables I purchased this week was a head of cabbage and a red onion. In addition to his two vegetables, Revene bought flour, a dozen eggs, three bags of frozen vegetables, a can of diced tomatoes, lentils, red beans, steel-cut oats, vegetable oil spread, salt and pepper. Choosing which items to purchase and which ones to forgo proved to be more Now is the time to choose your builder. Call: CONSTRUCTION I SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lie. #453927 (530) 283-2035 difficult for Revene than he thought it would be. When asked on day three how everything was going, Revene replied, "I could use some coffee." Community Outreach Coordinator Megan Mansfield approached the challenge with more prior insight than Revene. She was previously on CalFresh, California's food benefits program, and knew how to plan her meals around such a small budget. "When I moved to Plumas County, and I couldn't find a job for five months, I went on CalFresh and it saved me," she said. Mansfield bought grains, lentils, oats, rice, flour, yeast, This small pile of groceries is salt and spices from Quincy what Megan Mansfield was Natural Foods and fruits and able to buy with $28. This vegetables from Say Mor. amount lasted her the whole Mansfield was able to buy week she took the $4-a-Day more produce than Revene, Chollenge. including apples, bananas, spinach, carrots and onions. The reason, she said, is one of many that participants because she spent less on are experiencing first hand grains by buying from the while doing the week-long bulk section, challenge. "The bulk section was Public Health Community Outreach Coordinator Megan Mansfield weighs her buying options The challenge does not end great," said Mansfield. "You April 6, the day before she started the $4-a-Day Challenge. The challenge is to eat healthy for until April 26, enough time for can really just choosehow seven consecutive days, spending just $28 on food. The amount was chosen to match the more to participate. much food you are going to amount people receive on CalFresh benefits. Photos submitted To review the challenge's buy." guidelines and to participate, Mansfield was also able to it might elsewhere. The report showed that have a car, a grocery store 10 go to supplement her diet with "It's the reality of the way limited transportation was a miles away might as well be fruits and vegetables from her people have to run businesses barrier to food security in like a trip to Rend," said For more information, contact garden she had previously up here," said Revene. "But I Plumas County. Revene. Revene at zachrevene@ canned. This stayed within had never paid that much "For someone that doesn'tThis type of insight is just the perimeters of the attention to how costs differ challenge, since she originally from community to bought the seeds with community. It was a bigger CalFresh money, difference than I thought." "You can grow a lot of food One challenge that is with just one plant," said unique to Plumas County Mansfield. regarding food security One reality that Struck involves transportation. Revene was that certain In 2008, Plumas Rural grocery stores just cost more. 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