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The low-income Western diet is full of unhealthy processed foods
Currently, 47 million Americans receive Food Stamp benefits. A recent study showed that the overwhelming majority have limited food options, and many resort to cheap processed foods for the bulk of their diets. As a result, the nation's poor often suffer from diet-related health problems.
Solution: Distribute cookbook showing how to eat healthy on a food-stamp diet
Brown guessed that she could help people in SNAP, the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, find ways to cook filling, nourishing and flavorful meals. So she set out to write a cookbook full of recipes anyone could make on a budget of just $4 a day.
The result is Good and Cheap, which is free online and has been downloaded over 200,000 times since she posted it on her website in early June. A July Kickstarter campaign also helped Brown raise $145,000 to print copies for people without computer access.