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Welcome! Thanks for checking out On Food Stamps.

I created this blog in 2009 when I began working at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. My work at this organization opened my eyes to food justice issues in America, and I had a strong desire to better understand the difficulties many people face when trying to access healthy food on a limited budget. So, I embarked on my own Food Stamp Challenge, living on $31/week as a vegan. I used this blog to chronicle my experience.

While my Food Stamp Challenge project has come to an end, you can see what I learned from it by reading the Greatest Hits posts linked to the right side of the page. Please excuse any out-of-date links, as I am no longer updating this blog on a regular basis.

Stay Hungry,


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Grilled Cheese

It is 2:30 AM, and I just ate a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich at the Standard Hotel in Downtown LA. It cost me $12, and I will have to pay pretty dearly for that late-night, post-dancing indulgence. It felt pretty good to eat cheese and bread, though, I must say.

Was it worth it?
I wouldn't go that far.
(Sorry, Standard, I've had better.)

SNAP benefits are awarded to recipients monthly, so the entire cost of the sandwich does not have to come out of this week alone. I am simply going to have to make up for it for the rest of this month. I am taking $4 off the weekly limit of $35 from here on out.

That means I have $14.49 left for this week.

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