January 1 2013 I will begin a two month commitment to living on a food stamp budget and trying to live as a Diabetic. I will be focusing on fiber, tracking my carbs and sugars and learning first hand what the challenges are. The maximum a person can qualify averages to 6.66 per day or 2.22 per meal. The average a person receives is 4.93 per day or 1.64 per meal.
As many of your remember most people on food stamps are the working poor and $$ get deducted from the maximum for every dime you earn.
I am choosing to wait until January as I know that in December I will be attending parties and dinners and it would not be a realistic challenge.
The local fresh produce on which I rely will be way down in those months. I can be a long bleak winter for those on food assistance.
With my crutches rice and pasta what this does to my weight...my health. This time I have Columbia students who will be documenting some of this on video to share during the process both on this site and on youtube and other social media sites.
I want to see, with all my advantages how challenging life is for Diabetics with limited income.