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Can You Eat on $4 a Day?
Monday, March 04, 2013
There are some people who have the idea that people on food stamps or SNAP are taking advantage of the system. What could be farther from the truth?
What you see above is NOT what people are eating. Watch this video and see if you don't feel the draft. That's your mind opening.
I'd be interested in your comments.
Your investigative reporter~Jessica
Member Comments About This Blog Post
Very, very sad! Unfortunately, there are many people who point to the "undeserving" poor getting assistance as a reason not to provide more help.
There's a division between those who would prefer to let some starve to make sure nobody cheats and those who accept that some cheat but want to make sure nobody starves.
I'm not using the term "starve" literally, but as a synomyn for poor nutrition.
1366 days ago
It just breaks my heart to think of anyone going hungry...
1366 days ago
So sad! The people out there that don't have much, if no money to eat is just sad! The video just showed how lacking the nutrients or good food you can eat on $4.00 a day, let alone the lack of calories to sustain your body!
1368 days ago
I wish I knew what to say
1369 days ago
I work at the local food pantry and we talk of this problem quite often. Due to the high number of low income children in the area the schools here do provide breakfast and lunch and even have programs during the vacation times. We have some grant money to help provide extra milk for children.
So with that in mind, the population that seems to be get hit the hardest now are the elderly and disabled. We are also thinking that some educating is need to change the thinking of what to eat and how any one can grow some foods in buckets to supplement these needs. There are some charities doing that in 3 world countries so why not here.
There is also a program called Bountiful Baskets that helps provide good and low cost produce to any one.
We the people need to take the action . Thank you Jessica for the great article.
1370 days ago
Strange that the gov't pushes health but doesn't back it with the support necessary to maintain it.
1370 days ago
I can't watch the video either. I'm a nurse and live in a very economically depressed area where the vast majority of children qualify for free or reduced priced lunches. Even at that the schools here feed many children 3 meals a day and we have a program to send food home on the weekends and during the summer so these children at least have something to eat. I realize that there is a lot of waste in the world, especially the United States, but it takes an especially stingy person to worry about feeding innocent children who through no fault of their own are poor. The vast majority of people on food stamps are the working poor. You can't feed a family or live on minimum wage. Every one reading this blog is a catastrophic illness away from being poor themselves. In my opinion the best human beings are those who have the highest developed sense of empathy. They have no problem putting themselves in someone elses worn out shoes. No one in a country with the resources we have should ever go to bed hungry, especially a child. We don't all have the right to drive a Cadillac but we should all have the right to have enough to eat. We need to go back to supplying poor people with healthy food like they did years ago instead of giving them food stamps to buy unhealthy foods.
1371 days ago
Comment edited on: 3/4/2013 8:46:56 PM
Unfortunately, I coyuldn't access that article, but I did come up with a lot of articles on trying to eat for $4/day. Obviously high on the list . . . simple carbs (breads, white rice, white potatoes, white flour, sugar). Certianly not many fresh fruits or veggies @ all.
The reliance on food pantrys for these kid of things was pointed out. But what if there isn't one nearby for someone to access?
Lots of processed foods.
Again, it's a matter of what the food stamp program allows and doesn't., Generally the foods on the list are really not very healthhy. Ever peruse the cereal aisle for example? WIC approved items aren't Red Mills whole grain hot cereals ...it's the sugar sweetened cereals. Why? THEY'RE cheap!
Wish I could have seen the video. Sorry!
1371 days ago
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