Food Stamps & Organic Food

Sarah Pope

Sarah Pope › I am a 40-something, Wife and Mother of three. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in ...

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Shopping with food stamps and eating healthy, organic foods are commonly portrayed as being in direct conflict with one another.

It is true that we are a long way from having real food security for most people in this country, but shopping for healthy food (even at a farmers’ market!) with food stamps is not a work of fiction.

Sarah Pope (the Healthy Home Economist) shared a story about a close acquaintance’s efforts to maintain a healthy and affordable diet with food stamp supplementation.

My friend Irene, a hardworking single mother who also cuts my hair, is an absolute inspiration to me and I’m sure many others fortunate enough to cross her path.

Moms like Irene silence all the naysayers who claim that it isn’t possible to eat healthy on a very tight budget.

You see, Irene is on food stamps.

Irene’s situation is not at all rare anymore.  The number of Americans on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as it is now called, has increased by 260% since 2000.  In a more sobering statistic, the actual number of people relying on food stamps to eat has increased from 17.1 million in 2000 to over 44 million in 2011.

Despite Irene’s challenging budget which includes food stamps, she manages to buy nearly everything local and/or organic to prepare the healthy, homemade meals she prepares.

How?

By refusing to settle for anything less than the best for herself and her son and by using creativity and streetsmarts to carefully plan and implement her food sourcing strategy.

Click here to read the rest of the article over at TheHealthyHomeEconomist.com!

How do you make room in your budget for organic and local food?

This article originally appeared on TheHealthyHomeEconomist.com. It is partially posted here with permission from the author.

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