5 Reasons Why It’s Expensive to Be Hungry
May 29, 2009 § 2 Comments
A recent Washington Post article said it best: “The poorer you are, the more things cost. More in money, time, hassle, exhaustion and menace.” CAFB President & CEO, David Davenport, also experienced this phenomenon in week three of his food stamp challenge, eating on a dollar-a-meal budget. When you’re trying to lift yourself out of poverty, those hours spent finding affordable, healthy food can also mean time spent working.
Here are 5 reasons it’s expensive to be hungry:
- If there’s no reliable public transportation in the area, the cost of getting a taxi or paying for other transportation to get emergency food assistance can add up.
- It takes time to re-apply for food stamps if your SNAP application was mistakenly lost or if it was denied.
- It takes time to find the cheapest deals on nutritious food, especially when there are only convenience stores within walking or biking distance and you must travel to get healthy food.
- It cost more to find affordable, nutritious, hot meals when you don’t have access to a stove or microwave (cooking at home saves money.)
- There is an emotional cost to using a LoneStar card, and thinking fellow shoppers are judging every purchase you make.
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