By serving Coloradans who have less power, privilege and income, and by prioritizing Coloradans of color, we keep equity at the heart of our work to bring health in reach.
SNAP Decisions and the SNAP Cookbook
There are a million recipes and a hundred TV food shows for people who want to cook with truffle oil and swordfish, and have the time and the means to try it. But for the working-class American trying to stretch a dozen eggs through the end of the week when the next SNAP payment lands? Not so much.
Editor Michael Booth’s attempt at creating a shopping list for a SNAP week that balances cheap eats with nutrition was a narrow path to travel, and often impossible. Food studies graduate student Leanne Brown recognized this, and decided on a project that could help the millions of families eating on a tight budget.
She put together nutritious recipes using relatively affordable ingredients, aimed at the individual SNAP budget of about $4 a day. She added in plenty of chef-like advice about extra spices and visual touches that could fit in a budget, and packaged it with the kind of beautiful food photos you’d expect in a Martha Stewart edition. A Kickstarter campaign is helping Brown publish the work, and she offers it for free as a download at www.leannebrown.com. Cooks of all income levels can learn from her hard work.
This article was originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of Health Elevations.