In 1961, President Kennedy started a pilot program called food stamps to help those in poverty afford to purchase food. 27 years later, the USDA’s Food Stamp Program got renamed to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP.
As of this past December, there are 45 million people participating in the US SNAP Program. That means that approximately 1 in every 7 US citizens is receiving food stamps. While SNAP has had many benefits, such as lifting 5 million Americans, including 2.2. million children, out of poverty, the families receiving food stamps are living on $4/day for food.
With that little money allocated to food each day, you have to start getting creative. Leanne Brown wrote an award-winning cookbook called Good and Cheap to provide ideas for those living on a tight budget how to eat healthy. Download the free PDF on her website below: