Another Rich Person Tries to Live on Food Stamps, Finds It Hard

Kind of hard to believe this isn’t a game show yet.

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wrappedupinbooks (#1,426)

Sometimes when I want to feel especially bleak I like to read the comments on WSJ articles. This did not disappoint

garysixpack (#4,263)

What’s the big deal? I’ve done it for a year.

Chicken, eggs, rice, beans, and cabbage, in various combinations. It’s not exciting, but it will keep you alive.

sea ermine (#122)

@garysixpack I wonder where the average person on foods stamps lives, and what the grocery stores are like in that area. I can feed myself easily with lots of veggies and some meats and nutritious foods for $30 BUT I can because I pay a lot of money to live in a neighborhood with a wonderful and affordable weekly farmers market (in a city that has a lot of similar markets and CSAs and things like that). Without that, if I was shopping at my regular grocery store it would be much much harder, and I’d probably end up with nutritional deficiencies.

garysixpack (#4,263)

@seaermine
Farmer’s market? You’re kidding, right?

When you’re on a food stamp budget, you’re not going for quality. You want quantity, as cheaply as possible. Walmart, or Chinatown if there’s one nearby. You buy what’s on sale and close-to-expiration meat, and adjust your menu to suit. It’s a completely different mentality from farmer’s market.

sea ermine (#122)

@garysixpack That’s exactly what I said? Maybe I didn’t express myself correctly (I’m typing quickly while on my break) but I was trying to say that it is much easier to eat on a budget if you’re not on food stamps.

I can shop and eat well and stick to that budget because I can afford to live somewhere that has access to quality food and because I have the time to shop based on quality. My point was that someone on food stamps cannot do those things, because they probably don’t live in neighborhoods with quality food and don’t have time to think about going elsewhere for groceries (and most likely don’t have other options, even if they did have the time). That’s why I mentioned the difference between the farmers market and a regular grocery store (at my grocery store most of the produce is rotten and the meat is off and there are very few options that aren’t boxed macaroni).

I think we’re agreeing, it’s just that I was saying that it is a big deal to be on food stamps, because of the serious difference in food quality between someone who has $30 and access to affordable quality food and someone who is on food stamps and is in the exact opposite situation (and probably also dealing with other financial struggles beyond food).

@garysixpack I wasn’t aware that we were eating ‘just to stay alive’ now…really drives home the point that poor people have no rights to the same enjoyment people with comfortable incomes do, huh?

shannowhamo (#845)

@Jake Reinhardt Amd I think the points been made before that when life is hard and you can’t afford any luxuries, a $1 for a something sweet/salty delicious makes life more bearable.

garysixpack (#4,263)

@Jake Reinhardt
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nope, enjoyment is not on that list.

@garysixpack Farmer’s markets in my area match EBT dollars up to 5 or 10 bucks, depending on the market. I have food stamps and love farmer’s markets.

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