Although I was hungry quite a bit, I found that I didn't lose more than a pound in weight. That's probably because most of my meals consisted of spaghetti.The dollar menu at the local fast food restaurant also became my friend, a real treat that enabled me to make it through the week.
My experience is, of course, just the tip of the iceberg as far as what people on food stamps face. Transportation is a real problem for the poor in my community and getting to a grocery store with fresh produce can be difficult. In my state we have seen legislative proposals over the last few years designed to add additional means testing on people that receive food stamps. We don't want people getting a free lunch, after all. Hopefully, we are beyond that now. While the amount poor people receive might get them a few lunches in a week, it won't buy much more than that. Focus instead on strengthening the safety net and advancing evidence based approaches to humanely improving nutrition among the poor. That would turn out to be a good investment as far as avoiding the additional social costs associated with food insecurity. And if you think we are providing too much money now, try living on that amount for a week.