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29 October 2011 @ 07:24 pm
Foodstamp Challenge  
Some members of Congress are trying a week on a foodstamp budget. Want to play along? An average amount per recipient is $31.50 per week or $4.50 per day. Can you put together three nutritious meals for $4.50? Remember, the average recipient also starts the foodstamp month with a pretty much bare pantry (maybe a little flour or a bit of rice or something, not the pantry I have these days). Oh and fraud accounts for 1 penny on the dollar. (CNN video)

See my short story, Foodstamp Blues for a glimpse into the realities of the program. The amount reflected actual amounts I received in the late 80s as a single parent and student. At one point I fed 4 on 108.00 per month, 2 adults and 2 children. We ate a lot of beans and rice and vegetables were like a seasoning. We were vegetarians so didn't have to pay for meat as well.
 
 
 
Pepper Sauceginamariewade on October 30th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
My family is currently on foodstamps and we are so grateful for them, because we are able to afford eggs and bread and milk further into the month than previously.
It's still a paltry sum.

Did you intend to put a link with the part about the Congress members? I'm very curious exactly who is trying this little experiment.
Tapatitapati on October 30th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
I can't find anything that lists every participant but here's a link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/faith-political-leaders-find-out-how-far-food-stamps-go/2011/10/27/gIQAzf50MM_story.html

I saw it first on a CNN video and didn't post because I've got a friend on dialup who can't access video.