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Good and cheap with no fridge.

Homelessness and hunger is a huge problem in my neighborhood. I am often asked for food while walking to the grocery store and wind up buying precooked chicken or sliced bread and lunch meat to hand off on the way home.
I thought a better idea would be to have a sort of picnic in a bag that I can grab on my way out the door to give before I get to the store. What are you best ideas for good and cheap meals I can assemble once or twice a week and keep in the pantry? Bananas and Peanut butter sandwiches are one idea, but what else??? Also, convenience might trump nutrition. It should be self contained, require no silverware or condiments (a ketchup packet or S&P packet is fine) and be something a hungry man would want to eat.

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    1. This was on NBC News last evening. It might give you some ideas.

      http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/1...

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      1. re: c oliver

        What an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing.

        1. re: foodieX2

          We were mighty impressed with that young man.

        2. re: c oliver

          That's God working through that boy & his family; bless them...

          1. re: c oliver

            That's a great kid helping out his fellow humans on his own free will. Props.

            1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

              Totally agree, EFGM. It's great seeing kids being raised well.

            2. re: c oliver

              pfff darn kids these days, just going out and helping people and stuff in broad daylight...

              I (we?) need to be reminded of these things on a regular basis.

              1. re: hill food

                Bless you, my child.

                We're in the SFBA - are you around.

            3. What wouldn't a hungry man want to eat if he were hungry enough?

              How 'bout just keeping it simple and handing out bananas? Few things deliver the nutrition per lb that bananas do.

                1. Keep in mind that some people, no matter how hungry they are, will not eat unfamilar or foods that don't look good to them. Even homeless people eat with their eyes. That said, pretty much any type of sandwich, fresh fruit, cheese or peanut butter & crackers, granola bars, packages of nuts/dried fruits would probably be welcomed. If you go a step further and supply a plastic spoon or fork then you can consider cups of yogurt, applesauce or even those small containers of snap top pork & beans, beef stew, beef a roni/ravioli, sardines, tuna, etc. which can be eaten room temp.

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                  1. re: Cherylptw

                    It's so true about eating with your eyes! Also, I think we all can agree canned ravioli is disgustingly delicious and a real treat in its own right!

                    1. re: heatherjwalter

                      Since so many things today have pull tab tops, that makes it easier.