Quote of the Day: June 11, 2012
We planned our meals meticulously for the week and shopped in multiple markets to find the best value at the lowest prices; a time consuming and difficult endeavor. We learned that most coupons are for items with an abundance of sodium. Forget about eating what we wanted. Fruits and veggies were suddenly sparse to nonexistent. Living within a food stamp budget for one week was a challenge for both of us, but that challenge has ended. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for millions of others. — Mario Batali and Margarette Purvis, writing for the Huffingon Post, on spending less than $1.50 per meal, the same amount as the average food stamp recipient.
The Agriculture, Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, more commonly known as the Farm Bill, is currently up for debate in the Senate. The bill’s proposed $4 billion in cuts to SNAP (food stamps) would result in an average benefit cut of $90/month – 32% – for nearly 500,000 households.
One in seven Americans – over 45 million Americans – rely on food stamps to put food on the table.