Beyond The Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge: Eating Healthy And Cheap In The Long Term

Beyond The Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge: Eating Healthy And Cheap In The Long Term

This is a guest post by Forest from Frugal Zeitgeist. Forest has been eating on a budget for some time now and has learned to cook over years of trial and error.

Sandy recently posted about the SNAP Challenge that has been laid down by The Food Bank of New York. New York is not a cheap place to live but for 1.8 million of it’s residents Food Stamps are a real life-line. The challenge to live like this, on just $1.48 per meal, for a week has seen celebrities such as┬áchef┬áMario Batali join to rally for awareness. […]

The Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge

The Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutritional Service there were 46,326,352 individuals in 22,155,497 households receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in February 2012, the latest date for which figures are available. That’s up 4.8% from February 2011, but down -0.3% from January 2012.

The average monthly benefit was $132.98 per person. That’s roughly $33.25 per week, $4.75 per day or $1.58 per meal for 3 meals per day, seven days each week. It occurred to me that the daily allowance wouldn’t cover one way of my commute to work.
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