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Food Stamp Challenge Day 6: By the Numbers

45,344,946 million: The number of Americans on the SNAP food stamp program as of July 2011.[source] That’s more than the populations of California, New Mexico and Nevada combined. Those are numbers that can’t be disputed, argued or denied, they are statistical fact.

14.5%: The number of households in the United States considered food insecure in 2010. [source]

46.2 million: The number of people in poverty in 2010, the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published. [source]

I wish it didn’t take becoming one of these numbers for people to begin taking them seriously.



pitcher of Kool Aid for the day

BREAKFAST NOTES: The coffee contained in the starting pantry has been depleted.



1 sliced turkey sandwich
2 oz carrot sticks

2 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
2 oz carrot sticks


LUNCH NOTES: The starting pantry contained a few ounces of peanut butter and jelly. Once depleted, these items will be purchased as necessary.

dinner6DINNER: $2.07

turnip greens
boiled potatoes
green beans
sweet tea


DINNER NOTES: We went with an all veggie dinner tonight to counterbalance the protein heavy meals we’ve had lately. 1 cup of turnip greens alone provides 281% of  Vitamin A, 21% of Calcium, 49% of Vitamin C…and 5 grams of Protein (based on the RDA).

hotchocolatebrowniesSNACK: $0.18
John’s Hot Chocolate Brownies

This is a recipe that John first started making as a kid. We wanted a little treat last night and since we had all the ingredients we gave it a try. The recipe as show is basic and yields a very lightly sweet, cake-like brownie that has a hint of chocolate  flavor.

  • 3 packets of hot chocolate mix (starting pantry)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (starting pantry)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup milk (starting pantry)
  • nuts if desired (we had about 1/4 cup of pecans and added them)

Mix, pour into a greased and floured oven safe dish and bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes.

DAILY TOTAL: $3.67 (+$4.51 for the day, +26.68 for the week)
Total Spent to Date: $72.39
Total Remaining: $206.79

For those who have been on food stamps or SNAP:
Have you been able to get back on your feet and off the program?

For those who have not been on food stamps or SNAP: Have you ever stopped to consider how many paychecks you are from needing assistance?

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