Yet, even food stamps are often not enough for families to meet their basic nutritional needs. Several years ago, I accepted a challenge from the Atlanta Food Bank to live off the amount I would have qualified for in food stamps for a week. I spent seven days trying to figure out the trick to living off that. There is no trick, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
I came to a new understanding of what the poor in our country deal with day after day and what I discovered is alarming. Sure, I could buy the cheapest food in the store, but those products wouldn’t have done me much good. Too much of that kind of food is over-processed and comes in a box. When you look at the labels, it’s clear that it’s full of empty calories, which can lead to obesity and other health problems. I found that fresh fruits and vegetables were simply out of my reach. Forget about good sources of protein.