Try to imagine having as little as $16 per month, or roughly $4 per week to feed your child. That’s an estimate of what you would get per child if you needed to supplement your income through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly known as the food stamp program).
Are we talking about just a small number of people? No way. In California alone, nearly 1.4 million children are recipients of the food stamp program – and that number is less than half of those who are actually eligible, according to the Children’s Defense Fund.
To highlight hunger awareness, our friend Michelle from The Kid Can Cook has recruited several family food bloggers to join in a Snacks are a SNAP challenge – that is, to come up with low-cost, healthy snacks that kids can make themselves. The rules: It must be a kid-friendly recipe, it has to be made on a very limited budget (think $4/week), it can be supplemented by staples you might find at a food bank, and it must involve little to no kitchen equipment. Challenging, yes, but still doable!
So far Michelle has made some cool smashing hummus and we’ve seen some yummy cinnamon apples from Today I Ate A Rainbow and some great peanut butter and banana snack ideas from In the Kitchen with Audrey.
Black Bean Stacker Snackers (serves 4)
16 round tortilla chips (note: we purchased store brand to keep costs down)
1 can black beans, drained
1 medium tomato, chopped
4 oz. cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, grated or thinly sliced
Arrange tortillas on a large plate. Spoon about a teaspoon of beans onto each chip. Distribute avocado and tomato pieces among each of the chips. Then top each chip with a sprinkling of grated cheese. Eat immediately.
Like this idea? Let us know what you can come up with on a budget. Like the idea of helping out? Consider making a donation to your local food bank. Plenty of kids – and adults – could use your help.