You are not required to buy the actual food or live off the actual food. This is purely a hypothetical academic exercise.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, feeds millions of hungry families in America every month. But with the rising cost of food and the economy struggling, these benefits are sometimes a family’s only access to food.

You will attempt to shop and create a meal plan for seven days living off the average SNAP benefit for a person in the state of Maryland ($30 a week or about $4.29/day).

You must have at least three (3) meals per day.

You have $30 imaginary dollars to spend on food for the week.

This project requires planning ahead of time. Think about ingredients that can be used for multiple meals.

You must visit one (1) grocery store and create a list of products and prices for your week of meals. You can include any deals/sales you see that day (2 for the price of 1, etc…).


Part 1: Grocery List

Create a chart or grid with all products “purchased” for the week and their cost at one grocery store. You may not go over $30. Please show the total price.

Part 2: Meals

Create a chart or grid with all meals for the week. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each of the seven (7) days.

Part 3: Nutrition Information

Using whatever resources you feel comfortable with (apps, websites, cook books, etc.) calculate the nutritional information for each meal and totals for each day of the week.

The information must include calories, fat, carbs, protein, and sodium. You may include any others if you wish.

Part 4: Reflection Paper (Two pages)

Must contain the following sections and information:

*General thoughts about the SNAP program before you analyzed results.

*How difficult was it to plan a week’s worth of meals?

*Do you think you could really live off of $30 a week for an extended period of time?

*Did this assessment change your mind about the SNAP program? Why or why not?

Technical Guidelines:
Reflection will be typed, double spaced, 12 point font with 1″ margins on all sides of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper in APA format. Correct spelling and grammar.

ON A SEPARATE COVER SHEET, include name, ID number, and the course number.

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