Food Stamp Challenge: Scott Joseph

Scott Joseph Restaurant CriticScott Joseph
Restaurant Critic

Challenge Day: September 12, 2012



    • Why did you join the SNAP Challenge? As someone who regularly dines out on extravagant meals, I wanted to know the food challenges that someone with limited means faces.

  • What was your experience with food shopping? Was $6.67 enough for an entire day? I found that I was able to put together a day’s worth of meals on the allotted amount as long as I could purchase a food in quantity and calculate the cost per portion. For example, if I purchased a dozen eggs for $1.09 but ate only one egg that day, I calculated that portion as about 9 cents.
  • Did you eat well on the SNAP Challenge? How did you feel?  I ate well, using a minimum of prepared or processed foods, and I did not go to bed hungry.
  • What kind of meals did you eat/prepare?
  • For breakfast I had a hard-boiled egg. Lunch was a turkey sandwich on a ciabatta roll with an ounce of pepper-jack cheese. I had a fuji apple for an afternoon snack, and dinner was a grilled pork steak with brown rice, sauteed onions and black bean soup (the only canned item purchased).
  • What was the most difficult thing you faced during the SNAP Challenge?  In the grocery store, it was tempting to start looking at less nutritious and highly processed foods — hot dogs, for instance — for their relative cheapness. I also missed the snacks that I often have — without thinking — throughout the day.
  • Do you have any additional thoughts or comments about living for a day on a SNAP budget? t’s relatively easy to do this for one day. A week, a month, years? That would be something entirely different. I did my day’s experiment knowing that the following day I would have “professional” meals for both lunch and dinner with more food than anyone could — or should — eat.

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Senior Digital Marketing Manager Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

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