(PRWEB) May 17, 2012
The recent press surrounding the U.S. food stamp program SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) isn’t always favorable for those who need the financial assistance. As many lawmakers have shown support of the Farm Bill which includes policies to cut food stamps by billions of dollars, other advocacy groups and sites dedicated to hunger awareness have offered more support to the estimated 45 million American who survive on food stamps currently. FoodStamps.org brings a lot of different information to the table, and now the site wants to deliver high quality meal recipes that have a low price in a weekly “Cheap Eats” update. These updates will detail delicious recipes for some fresh takes on different breakfast, lunch, snack, dessert and drink recipes that are fairly reasonable for the deal-loving shopper.
One of the most common problems that food stamp recipients experience is falling into the “low-budget food” trap. These are items that are discounted, but not always flavorful, fresh or nutritious. The government does place restrictions on what you can buy, but the policies do not go as far as to limit how much you can spend on organic food. In fact, there has been a lot of advocacy through “food stamp challenges,” which seek to show people what it’s like to eat on $1 to $3, which is about the average in most states. These challenges prove to people that it’s extremely difficult to eat well on a budget. However, they probably didn’t have all the recipes that FoodStamps.org has planned to release.
The new recipes come out once per week and range from things like chicken dinners to decadent banana desserts. The recipes often look at a traditional meal that may cost over $10 to produce and cut down the price to below $5, usually with a twist. Recipes are often chosen because they deliver a lot of food for a low price, while also giving back some nutrition and vitamins. Occasionally some ingredients are included that are a little pricey, but substitutes are also provided, just in case the cook doesn’t have what the recipe calls for and wants to pick up something that will make the recipe just right.
All recipes are cooked beforehand to ensure taste and quality before being published. The new “Cheap Eats” recipes will be featured on FoodStamps.org, a site dedicated food stamp research, guidance and awareness. From state-to-state food stamp guides to budget grocery shopping, the articles and blog content on FoodStamps.org also services those who ask about different issues related to policy and regulation, such as purchasing certain foods with food stamps and how asset limits can affect a person’s SNAP application. The creators of FoodStamps.org support groups like Feeding America and local food banks by frequently encouraging visitors to join hunger awareness campaigns and provide advice for getting food stamp assistance quickly.