This is a question I have been asking myself since I saw this blog, $4 A Day Challenge. Stephanie Moore, a channel 13 (WHOTV, Des Moines, IA) reporter decided to take on the challenge of eating for $4 each day for a week. Why $4? That is the average amount a person receives for Food Assistance.
For some people, Food Assistance is the only money they have to spend on food each month. That means that they have to budget to spend only $4 each day on the food they need to stay healthy. Last June, this became an immediate need for many Iowa families when the Missouri river flooded, destroying their homes and their source of income (farms, job sites). Over the past several years, many job sites have closed in Iowa, leaving people without income and needing Food Assistance to feed their families. It is not surprising that the number of people receiving Food Assistance in Iowa has increased.
So, was the news reporter able to make it on $4 each day? Yes, she was, and you can see more of the story here. And, how much do I spend on food each day? For my three person family, we spend about $5-6 per person each day.
Justine Hoover, MS, RD, LD