5 Reasons Why It’s Expensive to Be Hungry

May 29, 2009 § 2 Comments

B_Shot15_D1_14_15_DC300A 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:

  1. 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.
  2. It takes time to re-apply for food stamps if your SNAP application was mistakenly lost or if it was denied.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. There is an emotional cost to using a LoneStar card, and thinking fellow shoppers are judging every purchase you make.

What would you add to this list? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.


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§ 2 Responses to 5 Reasons Why It’s Expensive to Be Hungry

  • j says:


    It takes time to sort through junk mail, newspapers or websites to find and clip coupons. It takes money to afford internet access or a newspaper subscription.

    Did I mention the time it takes to collect the coupons?

  • LJ Burton says:

    It costs less to buy large amounts of staples in bulk, but you can’t save up food stamps to pay for it. If you’re only one person, the large amounts go bad before you can eat it all. You can’t buy just one pork chop at the grocery store and that might be all you can afford today. I don’t need 4 ears of corn but that’s the only package at the poor folks store. Poor people don’t get cash back rewards from the credit card plans.

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