Among Urban Spoon’s list of the most popular, low-cost Phoenix restaurants is a place where you can get hummus and pita for $5.29 and a diner where you can enjoy a bacon cheeseburger for $5.Pretty reasonable, right?
Now imagine your entire daily food budget is $4; just $27 a week.
Could you shop and prepare a full day’s worth of meals that are not only filling but healthy and appetizing for less than the cost of a burger?
Step up to this year’s SNAP Challenge and find out, from October 6-13. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) offers assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families, including the thousands of households in the Valley that struggle to put food on the table every day.
If you think taking on this challenge means seven days of tasteless torture, here’s some good news. The Good and Cheap cookbook by Leann Brown helps SNAP participants create healthy meals that stay within the meager budget by providing shopping tips and dozens of recipes such as:
Does this mean eating on $4 will be easy? No.
Will you have to forego favorite foods you take for granted? Yes.
Can you do it? Take the challenge and find out.