Benefits Chart

# In householdAverage daily $ per person*Total food budget
1 person $3.71 $18.55
2 people $3.71 $37.10
3 people $3.71 $55.65
4 people $3.71 $74.20

*# of household members participating x $18.55 = Total food budget

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Half way through, we really feel it now

By: Terrie Springs
January 29, 2014

52e99685c08e5-refried bean soupYou'll never feel more compassion for families on the SNAP program than when you try it in your own house. David and I are both very proud to be part of this week's program, but I know we'll be happy to return to our normal, unrestricted ways. Our hearts go out to those who have nothing besides $18.55 weekly amount per person to feed their families. Three Square tells us the Farm Bill before Congress this week will help food pantries, and although a cut to Food Stamp programs is part of the deal, Nevada is not one of the 15 states impacted by that part of the legislation.

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My SNAP Shopping Experience

By: Mayor Andy Hafen
January 29, 2014

Grocery shopping has never been a game of strategy for me, as I am typically a one-stop shopper and know exactly what I need and want. But when you’re on a budget as tight as this one, you’re really going to have to think things out before buying.

The first store I visited was Walmart, grabbing a gallon of milk, Quaker Oats and brown sugar. I then wrapped things up with a couple of cans of green beans and mixed vegetables for .69 cents each to use as side dishes and a couple of bags of shredded lettuce to use for making salads.

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Day 2

By: Mayor John J. Lee
January 28, 2014

52e8231556b04-Food 4 Less (1)I finally made it to the grocery store last night, and here is what I ended up purchasing:

• Corn: $.99
• Peas: $.55
• Carrots: $.50
• Zucchinni Squash: $.40
• Celery: $.69
• Onion: $.50
• Green Pepper: $.50
• Lentils: $.99

Total Cost: $5.12

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Day Two of the SNAP Experience

By: Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman
January 28, 2014

52e8431c7daa2-snap expIt is interesting how one can take going out to eat for granted. The last two days I have been taking part in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Experience and it has been eye-opening. With only $18.20 to spend on food this week, going out to eat is out of the question.

Yesterday I had a lunch meeting at Triple George and while those I was meeting with enjoyed mahi-mahi, I had an egg salad sandwich I had brought from home. Today my staff went to Pizza Rock to celebrate my scheduler Cheryl Russo’s birthday. While they had delicious looking pizza and meatballs I had to satisfy myself with peanut butter and jelly on wheat bread.

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Day #2 and still want coffee

By: Joyce Lupiani a.k.a LasVegasLoopy
January 28, 2014

52e909a97d46e-egg1Day #2 and I am already bored silly with what I am eating. And still craving caffeine. I have plenty of food. In fact, there is no way I will actually eat all the food that I bought by the end of the week. If I had known that, I might have splurged a bit and bought a little more variety. Maybe some real meat and fruit. Or a candy bar. I miss my chocolate.

Even on my limited budget, I guess I am a little more lucky than I believed. I may not be lunching at the hot spots in downtown Las Vegas or eating meals at all the celeb restaurants on the Strip, but if I am craving Chinese food or a pizza, I can usually swing it. At least once or twice a week. I can't imagine having to eat the same foods over and over again. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. Many people who are on SNAP have to do just that. When they splurge, it really is a splurge. They can't just run out to Panda Express on a whim.

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You miss the little things!

By: Terrie Springs
January 28, 2014

Sometimes I like to drive-thru for a late day coffee pick-me-up, that's not happening... and we're passing on an offer of a show later this week (since the dinner part of "Dinner and a Show" isn't possible for now). Last night, I sautéed the onions for my Fiesta Spaghetti in water, since olive oil wasn't in the budget. It still tasted really good, and the leftovers will make a great lunch in a few minutes when I get off-the-air!

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The Second Day of My SNAP Experience

By: Brian Burton
January 28, 2014

Oscar and Scout, my two new basset hounds, know there’s a problem. Last night their master did not share the usual leftovers from his dinner plate. Why? THERE’S NOTHING LEFT OVER.

It’s stunning how little food a SNAP budget buys. I’m contemplating emergency measures, like flossing – maybe there’s untapped food reserves hiding somewhere in my mouth.

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SNAP Day 1 / Start of Day 2!

By: Jessica Janner
January 28, 2014

Made it through Day 1!

It's amazing how much planning is needed to follow such a strict budget. I bought all of my food last week so I could talk about the challenge on Good Morning Las Vegas. I didn't realize how often I go to the supermarket throughout the week (and how often I crave food that's not already in my kitchen).

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Shopping & Day 1

By: Joyce Lupiani a.k.a LasVegasLoopy
January 27, 2014

Once I decided to commit to the SNAP Experience, I knew exactly where to go to stock up on food -- 99 cent store.

After all, with the exception of eating out a couple times per week at inexpensive restaurants, I probably don't spend more than $20 a week on food to begin with because of a fairly tight budget (I won't bored you with the details). For a long time, food has not been something I have spent a lot of money on.

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Day 1

By: Mayor John J. Lee
January 27, 2014

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee here. I am excited about this opportunity to understand the needs of individuals and families with financial assistance. I haven't had a chance to eat yet today and it is 5:00pm, however I'm planning on heading to the grocery store now to purchase some of my food supplies for the week.

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SNAP Experience: Day 1

By: Forrest Griffin
January 27, 2014

I went shopping for the first couple days of the week and I’ve already spent $13.20 on food. The biggest problem is that I will be out of the most important portion of my diet: the protein in my tuna. Another problem is that the tuna costs $1.80. I have to look into an alternative source of protein. I really started to feel the financial pinch when I wanted to buy a big bag of green apples to eat as snacks between meals, but they were more expensive than I remember.

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SNAP Day 1. UNLV Men's Golf

By: UNLV Men's Golf
January 27, 2014

Coach Deacon GroceriesJC Deacon (Assistant Coach): I was amazed at how much thought and planning has to go into spending $18.55 on an entire week of nutrition. Many of us take for granted the ability to buy whatever looks good when we go grocery shopping. All of a sudden I was running around returning things, pricing items to the penny and trying to squeeze out every bit of value I could. Being halfway through my first day I am already hungry. I have thought about food and eating more today than all of 2014 combined to date. I can't imagine how it would feel if this was your reality. My heart goes out to those who struggle to nourish themselves and their families. I hope this bit of perspective sticks with me long term; what an eye opener the SNAP experience has been already.

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I've been dreaming about SNAP Week!

By: Terrie Springs
January 27, 2014

It's a real challenge to do 15 meals for less than $20 AND eat healthy? That's what hooked me – healthy eating – it's my passion! Thank goodness for grocery sale ads, think I've got 'em memorized...I can tell you where to get beans, tomatoes and other vegetables for 50 cents a can, plus pasta and tomato sauce for a quarter (Albertson's). Smith’s had a great deal on almond milk for 1.99. We normally go through 3 half-gallons a week, and by cutting way back and juggling my shopping list, we've got 1! Organic baby carrots were $1.19 for a 1-pound bag there. I didn't think we'd be able to get anything organic, so I'm really happy about that.

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SNAP Shopping Experience

By: Heather Avila
January 27, 2014

52e6d50885190-photo 1Scales, weighing and counting. These are not new things to me. As a long-time Weight Watchers Member, I know each of these very well and their relationship with food. But this is time, it’s different.

My heart was pounding in my chest as I approached the checkout line. I realized that the last time I felt like this at the grocery store was when I was in college. I didn’t want to get to the end of check-out and have to put something back because I didn’t have enough money. I remembered the searing glare of the checker I used to get when I didn’t have enough money. Having to look at my pile and see what I could handle going without. I remembered that feeling. I knew better now. I was determined not to have to put anything back.

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Day One of My SNAP Experience

By: Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman
January 27, 2014

It might be a bit of a long week. That thought ran through my head this morning as I embarked on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP Experience, in partnership with the Three Square Food Bank. Two years ago I participated in the program to see what it is like to have a very small amount of federal funds to eat on for a week.

The experience brings attention to the fact that there are many in our city who have only a miniscule amount to spend on food, and emphasizes the need for community partners like Three Square. This year is even tougher than the last time I participated because the funding has dropped from $20.30 for the week to $18.20.

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