Food Stamps and Healthy Food Choices

January 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm 1 comment

Baltimore-based blogger and chef Gay Shackelford has challenged herself to eat healthy on a food-stamps budget for a month.

“Approximately 40 million Americans rely on the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps…  So I wonder, is it possible to eat well on a food stamp budget?  I’ve decided to try.  For one month, our household will attempt to live on the average allotment received by food stamp program participants in Baltimore.”

Food choices are often a woman’s responsibility, and have profound consequences for her health, and her family’s.  Keep up with the experiment at

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  • 1. stephanie fletcher  |  February 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    On an NPR talkshow today I heard a report on nutrition in America. During the call-in session, one man asked if the food stamp program could encourage better nutrition among poor citizens by requiring a certain proportion of stamps be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The government spokesperson said, “Not only that, we are working with farmers’ markets to participate in the food stamps program. And when a recipient uses a food stamps card at a farmers’ market she will get “double her money” back from us.”


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