California's average household food stamp allotment is $200 per month. See how Morgan Ray fed her household on $42/week.
When Patch editor Alexis Fitts asked if anyone wanted to take on the challenge of trying to live on a food stamp budget, I jumped at the chance.
Why? Because I wanted to experience the challenge, first-hand, faced by an estimated 6 million Americans, many of whom have no income to supplement their food stamps.
In the Sonoma and Boyes Hot Springs 727 households, or over 1,400 individuals, use CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) to procure their groceries.
The average allotment under California's CalFresh program is $200 per month. When I went on line to the State’s food stamp benefit calculator, I discovered that in order for a household of two to get $200 per month in food stamps, the total household gross income had to stay below $320 per week with virtually no other assets. Many households qualify for less than $200 of food stamps per month.