Just doing some sharing with you today.....
Sometime last week I came across an article on CNN about a reporter, Sean Callebs, who is doing an experiment to see if he can live on the amount allowed for a month on the food stamp program (now called SNAP, short for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). That amount is $176. The SNAP program was created to provide supplemental funding for grocery expenses however, for many of the program participants, it is the sole source and the number of people applying for assistance is growing due to the economic situation. You can read about his experience throughout the month on his blog. (You may need to select 'read previous posts' at the bottom to see all that he's shared this month.) Food for thought: could you survive on their allotment? For my family of 4, we would get $704/mo. assuming each member would qualify for the $176 amount. I track my grocery expenses (I'm weird like that) and I know we could make it. I spend less than that each month for food, household items and health & beauty aids combined. (I realize the cost of groceries is not constant across the country so it might be more difficult in certain areas.)
And I also read this article from the New York Times about the contestants on The Biggest Loser. I'll admit to you that I watch this show. Why? I'm amazed at the transformations that people make between the first episode and the last episode. Apparently not knowing how to cook is part of the problem (read the article folks). We've become a fast-food, freeze-dried, microwave, artificial food nation. Makes me think that a cooking class should be a required part of all high school curriculums. Better yet, it should be taught in the home. Knowing how to prepare meals from scratch with real food is a life skill that everyone should have.
And, if you know how to cook, does that make it easier to survive on the SNAP allotment? I would think so. Other benefits would include not needing to be a contestant on The Biggest Loser and a reduction in the cost of prescriptions and doctor bills.