Depression-era recipes: Good food on a tight budget

April 24, 2009 8:50:45 PM PDT
For the past 35 years, volunteers from Aid For Friends have cooked and delivered some 13-million meals to frail, homebound elderly in and around Philadelphia.

Volunteers donate meals from their own tables. Or, like the volunteers we caught up with at St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia, they cook in church or synagogue kitchens.

As the economy gets tougher, food charities like Aid For Friends are feeling the pinch. The save money, the volunteers collected recipes their mothers and grandmothers used during the great Depression and began to cook them again.

The recipes use ingredients like ground beef or peas, along with pasta, rice, canned and fresh vegetables.

Lynn Trombetta, Aid for Friends' food safety manager, updated some of them to meet modern dietary standards.

She replaced lard and butter with healthier alternatives like olive oil and cut down on the amount of salt.

Aid for Friends would love you to try the recipes, especially if you'll consider donating what you cook.

To check out the recipes, and learn about volunteer opportunities at Aid For Friends, click here and then click on the flashing "New Recipes for Cooks" link.

You can find other Depression-era recipes on these websites:
Great Depression recipes
Cooks.com
Sister's Meeting
Great Depression Cooking with Clara

And, if you're looking for an easy way to compare the prices at local supermarkets and check which items are on sale today, click here for the Saving with 6abc weekly supermarket sale rundown.

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