Andrea’s 2011 Local Foods Food Stamp Challenge

Is locally grown food more expensive than imported food? Are all localvores “eco-elites?” Do people with low or modest incomes get left out of the local food movement?

Well…I will find out. In September 2011, my Eat Local Challenge is to eat primarily locally grown foods on a SNAP budget–the average amount that a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly called Food Stamps) recipient receives in Hawai‘i. Preliminary research shows that to be somewhere between $215 and $316 a month–I will learn more!

My Local Foods SNAP Challenge will examine issues such as: access, cost, preference, EBT acceptance at Farmers Markets and for CSA’s, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables program, availability of native foods, role of food banks, and strategies to supplement purchasing food (community food processing, community and school gardens, crop swaps).

What is your 2011 Eat Local Challenge?

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