Norman shopping

The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)—better known as Food Stamps—provides a single adult with $31.50 per week in purchasing power. But what does that actually buy?

food stamps

Taking the Food Stamp Challenge means feeding oneself for a week on only the groceries a week's allotment of food stamps can buy. For a single adult, that adds up to all of $31.50 for the week. Making a concerted effort to shop carefully, and choose which purchases to make where, Normon Solomon spent nearly half of that total on a few basics and some produce—enough, he says, for about three days of meals. His first stop was at the Lucky's supermarket near downtown Petaluma.

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Food stamps are a very visible, often maligned form of public assistance, but Solomon says just about everyone benefits from other, less obvious governmental supports.

Norman Solomon's Grocery List

Lucky's

Quantity

Item

Price

2

Apples

$0.99

2

Bell Peppers

$1.00

2

Avacado

$0.94

 

 

$2.93

 

 

 

Grocery Outlet

Quantity

Item

Price

3 lb

Apples

$1.99

1 lb

Black-eyed peas

$1.29

28 oz

Brown Rice

$1.44

1 loaf

Flax Bread

$2.09

3 lb

Yams

$1.99

12 oz

Mozzarello cheese

$2.49

 

 

$11.29

 

 

 

 

Combined total

$14.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norman Solomon

Northern California
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