How do you make $4 a day taste good on a food budget? Are food costs eating up your budget? Eat gourmet meals when you live on foodstamps. Leanne Brown Canadian born NYU student and creative author of, “Good and Cheap,” wrote one heck of a good cookbook and brings back the joy of eating for those on a low budget.
People on foodstamps need good recipes too
How do you look at food when you live on $4 a day? Leanne Brown can help you have a life of food outside the high price of food. There are a lot of good and useful tips in the beginning of the book.
“The biggest thing is buying things like eggs they have a lot of uses from just the one small egg. Buy things in the most raw state, like raw spinach. You might need to wash and prepare it but you will get more for your money when you purchase it that way. Even pizza can be extremely satisfying and healthy. A can of pasta sauce can be expensive at four to five dollars a jar and if you have a large family and you need to make your foodstamps go a long way like buying jars of sauce is out of the question. Cooking from scratch and squishing up some tomatoes and maybe some eggplant if you like it and cooking it with a few spices can be made to taste really good and stretches your food dollars much further.”
Let’s face it land use is predominantly for wealthy urban neighborhoods
Some neighborhood locations in the United States are known as “food shopping deserts.” Meaning it is nearly impossible to survive on foodstamps or low budget incomes because the price of the food in the stores that are available is so expensive, non-nutritious, low quality food or little to no food retail. These types of deserts usually exist in urban as well are rural locations and contribute to diet and health problems for the people living there. Denying the people of the community a good variety of affordable foods because fringe food retailers can have as much as a 30-60-percent markup on prices.
Senior citizens need higher nutrients but cannot tolerate salt and sugar found in processed foods
In areas where convenience stores are prevalent obesity is at a higher rate. Fast food restaurants are placed disproportionately 2.5 times more in low income neighborhoods than in wealthy communities. Seniors drive less as the get older and low budget incomes tend not to own a vehicle that would help them get to better food retail. 25-percent of people getting foodstamps live in these food deserts. Higher obesity rates in rural areas add up to the given reasons.
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