2 pork chops from Lockhart Family Farm ~ $6.00 ( heritage breed Mulefoot hog)
Green beans from Amy's Garden $4.00
Broccoli Raab from Tomten Farm $4.00
Pasta fritatta( used 4 eggs from Pair a Dice Farm and leftover pasta and grated Cheese) $1.83
Garlic, onion, oil, butter, cheese, seasonings ~2.00
Total: ~ $17.83, less than most any meal out or even a simple pizza
That being said, it took some time. Time to shop at the market. Time to snap the beans. Time to cook. Some folks don't have time or desire or know-how to cook at home. Many can't get to a market or a store that sells local produce.
Food access is a complex issue that deserves more resources and understanding. I am proud to be a part of Slow Food RVA and work with other organizations across the community that take these issues seriously.