Here's How One Cook Is Transforming How People On Food Stamps Eat Dinner

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps, helps low- and no-income people in the U.S. purchase food. Sounds awesome, right? The downside is a day's worth of food stamps is only about $4, whiiiich isn't very much money. So grad student Leanne Brown created a cookbook that shows how to stretch that $4 to create a variety of healthy and delicious meals! Just thinking of all the people who are going to benefit from this book makes me love the project even more.

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Leanne Brown: Hi. I'm Leanne Brown and here's the deal. I'm asking for your support to find a print run of Good and Cheap. It's a cookbook of delicious, but inexpensive, recipes for people who are living on Food Stamps. Or, as food stamps are known these days, Snap. The PDF is already available free on my website, and it's been amazingly popular. In just a few weeks, over 90 thousand people have downloaded it.

But, I also want to make sure that it gets out to people who don't have computers, or who wouldn't otherwise end up seeing it. So that's why I designed this kick-starter with the get-one-give-one system. That way, those who can afford a book, can choose to subsidies those who can't. The expensive part of printing a book, is the initial setup. The cost of each additional book is fairly low.

The more copies you buy, the more copies I can donate, or sell at a massive discount to organizations who support low-income families. And if this kick-starter really takes off, I pledge to add even more recipes every time we reach a stretch goal. I researched, wrote, photographed and designed this book as the capstone project for my Masters in food studies at MYU.

In my spare time, I also lead grocery store tours for low-income families. Pretty much every one I meet wants to eat well, and wants to feed their family well. The challenge is doing that on $4 a day. I created Good and Cheap as an approach to food, it's a strategy to show what's possible. I want people to look at the recipes in my book and say, "I can't wait to go home and make that."

I wouldn't be doing this kick-starter without all the kind and supportive feedback I've received. But, please keep spreading the word. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your colleagues, tell your grocery store clerks. Let's get Good and Cheap into the hands of as many people as possible, starting with you.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

The "Good and Cheap" Kickstarter was launched by Leanne Brown. Can't donate to the campaign? You can still download a free PDF of the "Good and Cheap" cookbook on her website!

Jun 19, 2014

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