- The Washington Times - Friday, May 18, 2012


The article “Celebrity chef Batali takes food stamp challenge” (Web, Monday) was interesting but puzzling. The “challenge” was to spend only $31 a week per person on food, the amount the article says is provided by food stamps.

I tested this out by checking current prices at three local supermarkets. I found that for $32 a week. a person could have an egg, nutritious cereal, milk and orange juice for breakfast. For lunch, he could enjoy a high-quality wheat-bread sandwich with ham and cheese or peanut butter and jelly, carrots, celery and milk (and on the weekends, soup as well), and for dinner meat or fish with potatoes, rice or pasta, a vegetable, a salad every other day, milk or juice and a fruit dessert.

If the prices were checked more carefully and weekly specials used as much as possible, this could easily have been reduced to $30 a week or less.

The prices I found do not require any membership fees; a large family could spend even less with a discount-club membership.



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