(reprinted from G's Commodity Food Facts)

August 8, 2010

A recent Boston Globe article highlighted the record numbers of Americans eligible and receiving food stamp or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.  While the general public may think that SNAP recipients are living in the lap of luxury, wasting food assistance funds on prime rib and premium ice cream, the truth is that many receiving benefits get very little - how about $10-$15 a month?  That's the common benefit for seniors, folks. Picking your jaw up off the floor yet?

Even as a food bank employee, I used to think that $10-$15 of monthly SNAP benefits could only last for 2 boxes of brand name cereal. That was before I discovered couponing.  Tomorrow, I plan to show just how far you can stretch $15 at a regular grocery store.
I didn't grow up on cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, but my husband did so I bought more cans than we needed last year.  After Christmas and Thanksgiving, the Food Bank where I once worked got more cranberry sauce and similar holiday specific foods than you can imagine.  It was difficult to move because people are used to eating it only one way. The cake mix I bought with coupons gave me the idea for Cranberry Sauce Dump Cake, a popular Southern dessert that comes together in milliseconds. Somehow it mysteriously disappeared before I could take a picture of the final product.

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