Monday, August 4, 2014

Eating on a Food Stamp Budget is a SNAP

When Leanne Brown moved to New York from Canada to earn a master's in food studies at New York University, she couldn't help noticing that Americans on a tight budget were eating a lot of processed foods heavy in carbs.

"It really bothered me," she says. "The 47 million people on food stamps — and that's a big chunk of the population — don't have the same choices everyone else does."

Brown guessed that she could help people in SNAP, the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, find ways to cook filling, nourishing and flavorful meals. So she set out to write a cookbook full of recipes anyone could make on a budget of just $4 a day.

What she came up with is now online, for free.  Take a look at The SNAP Cookbook. It contains simple, sensible, and delicious things that you could whip up on a SNAP food budget. Here's one I wouldn't mind trying !

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In the meantime, here is a comparison of families in Herkimer and in Oneida Counties that depend on food stamps to make ends meet.

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