According to Natural News, a family of four receiving $600 a month in food stamps will now see a cut of $36. While this isn't a huge amount, rising food prices will eat away at what remains of the food dollar. The USDA Economic Research Service forecast prediction for all-food Consumer Price Index will increase 2.5-3.5 percent in 2014.
A family of four could mean two parents and two small children, or it could mean two adults and two ravenous teenagers. Anyone who has ever fed a teenage boy for a week knows how costly it can be. Still, a monthly allowance of $564 for food items only, with no sales tax added, is arguably better than that other family of four who doesn't get help paying for their groceries.
It seems that those who run the charity programs are the main ones in a panic over the food stamp cut. They fear a huge increase in the number of people seeking them out to subsidize their pantries. Maybe it is time for the charities to hush and the people to stand up and tell them, "There won't be a problem if you don't create one."
What family hasn't had to adjust their food budget to accommodate a higher-than-average power bill or to pay on the kid's braces. Maybe it's time to get back to cooking homemade soups and stews and leaving the chips, sodas and pre-packaged cookies at the store.
There is only so much that the working man and woman can do to feed the neighborhood. Now would be a good time for everyone to eat a more healthy meal of beans and vegetables. Cooking from scratch takes more time and thought, but it can be done if it is the only way available to you.
Run-away food prices have eaten up the charity dollars that would otherwise go to food banks and other food-distribution centers. Since everyone is having to make-do with less, it is an excellent time to learn how to make filling meals with little money. Check out any of the online recipes that help the frugal cook.