Eating vegan on a food stamp budget? That’s one way to be a Skinny Bitch.
With one in seven Americans receiving food stamps and Congress debating about whether or not to reduce food stamp benefits even further, Skinny Bitch co-author Rory Freedman purchased a week’s worth of vegan fare, including beans, grains, condiments, fruits, and vegetables, using thirty three dollars, the amount the average food stamp recipient in California receives. It is not known how many, if any, organic items comprised Freedman’s purchases. While subsisting on these meager funds is difficult for anyone, it can be particularly challenging for those whose purchases do not include meat.
Freedman did this to illustrate the need for grocery stores to provide more affordable meatless options so that all people, including low-income, can eat healthfully. It is widely recognized that plant-based diets greatly reduce the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, among others, so making these foods available to low-income people would benefit both food stamp recipients as well as taxpayers.
Kudos to Freedman for raising awareness about the dietary obstacles impoverished people face, and the continued need for widespread access to affordable, nutritious foods, particularly for those who subsistence depends wholly or partially on government assistance.