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About 46 million people get food stamps. I think this system spends about $75 Billion a year, roughly $1600 per person. We were talking about this the other day and one person said you couldn't eat much on $4.50 a day. Soooo, we bought a nice big $11 pot roast that was on sale, a bottle of $6 wine, a bottle of stout beer, a few pounds of potatoes, some Bisquick, some asparagus, a small cream, some Olivio, and an applesauce, a package of yeast, some walnuts, some dates and a small package of wheat flour and a bread flour and some goat cheese.. My choice of stores was a small private grocer who has good stuff, but they are not cheap. I dropped around $50 bucks.
Anyway, we made the pot roast with some stout beer in a dutch oven, mashed potatoes, dumplings, asparagus, gravy, and applesauce. Then I baked two loaves of wheatbread with walnuts and dates. I had enough flour for several more loaves. We had 4 people for dinner, plus us, so that made 6 meals that would choke a horse. There was enough pot roast and mashed potatoes left over to make 2 really good piled high sandwiches on the whole wheat bread with goat cheese and lettuce (I had that). If I hadn't bought the wine, this would have been at least 8 fairly large meals of maybe 1800 calories for about $5.50 each and since I could bake several more loaves of bread, I think I could hit $4.50 with a bit of effort, but I think I would mow the lady's lawn next door to buy the wine anyway. Next I'll try a whole chicken, but I'll add cranberries to the sandwiches, and I may have to paint her garage door or buy Velveeta. And, Oh! they brought a box of girl scout cookies. That was probably another $4.50.
Conclusion, Food Stamps plus say $2 or 3 Bucks a day and you can eat pretty well.