I absolutely cringe at the thought of the government delegating only healthy food to be available on food stamps. How many kids would actually eat it? Yeah yeah I know, it's all about how we raise them , fostering good food choices, but there are those who are barely scraping by with money and precious time.
If the parent(s) fill the fridge with healthy foods, eventually the children will get hungry enough to eat it. No, they will not starve rather than eating healthy food.
Not to mention, sadly, fresh produce and healthier options are so much more expensive.
That is not a true statement. Our family eats on a $4 per person per day food budget. We eat very well, and our fridge and cupboards are always full. I buy a week's worth of veggies and fruits at our local "Sprouts" store, on Wednesday, when the sale flyers from the previous and coming week are honored. My highest bill has been $50, and it is usually lower than that...for 5 people. We cook from scratch, eat veggies, grains, beans, and shop various stores for meat sales. Our meat budget is included in the $4 per person per day, and we shoot for meat that costs under $2 per pound, which means we buy meats only when they are on sale. The exceptions are 90% lean ground beef and the occasional roast, which we purchase for under $4 per pound when it is on sale. I cut divide them into portions and freeze them.
We buy expensive brands of bread for half price from the day-old shelves, and freeze it, and it tastes great when thawed.
Our children know how to cook, as well as how to read a cookbook. We have several cookbooks on grains and legumes. They are proud of cooking a delicious meal for the family. We grow basil, parsley and rosemary in pots sitting on window ledges to save $ and have them fresh when we need them.
To stay on $4 a day per person food budget, we have eliminated most pre-packaged foods, except for frozen veggies and cheese, and the occasional treat (ice cream) and cook everything from scratch. Maccaroni is not healthy, and is actually expensive, when you look at the amount you get, and its vitamin content.
I've just started making my own yogurt, without a yogurt maker, and that will save us more $. I'm teaching the children how to do it, so they will be able to make it too.
Below is a free cookbook (pdf) on eating for $4 a day, that the government funded for people on foodstamps. It is a starting place for people who don't know how to cook economically and deliciously. There is really no excuse for adults to not cook, especially if they are unemployed. In addition, teaching children how to cook helps them learn how to enjoy eating various foods. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...good-and-cheap
Perhaps a requirement for getting food stamps should be taking a series government funded courses in cooking from scratch. That would not only be fun, but it would be "teaching a man to fish, rather than giving him a fish."