My $3.50 chicken.
So... today's lunch was roasted chicken with potatoes, carrots and onion, served with rolls and "sunshine salad" - a jello salad made from lemon jello, crushed pineapple, and grated carrot, and dinner was a mock-quiche (following the general concept behind BISQUICK'S IMPOSSIBLY EASY CHICKEN-N-BROCCOLI PIE, though I use my own, homemade "biscuit mix"), served with home-made applesauce. And then tomorrow morning I will cook down the chicken bones to make a nice broth to make chicken noodle soup for lunch, which I will serve with my son's favorite: cheddar-garlic drop biscuits. The soup always makes enough for two meals, so I'll freeze the rest.
My point? You can get a lot of mileage out of a $3.50 chicken.
Apparently, some of our congressmen have recently TAKEN A FOOD STAMP CHALLENGE wherein they attempted to live on a food budget of $3 per person, per day for One Whole Week (*gasp!*), to highlight the difficulties faced by those surviving on food stamps.
Our family of four lives on about $1.75 per person, per day, and as you can see by my above menu, it's not like we're dining on Hamburger Helper every night. And it's not like we live in a particularly cheap area. According to the CoL Index, our food costs are at about 100% of the national average.
Frankly, it comes down to smart shopping, using up every bit of each item you buy, and learning to make everything from scratch. Is it as easy as calling for a pizza to be delivered? Of course not. But it can be done, and with practice and trial and error, eventually, it can be done without much difficulty.
I do not want to sound as if I'm condemning people on food stamps. Far, far from it. What disturbs me, though, is the general belief that $360 a month for a food budget for a family of four is the equivalent of starving. It is not, by any means.