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					   USDA’s Nutrition Assistance Programs:
                    Eat Right When Money’s Tight
                                   F O O D   A N D   N U T R I T I O N   S E R V I C E     D E C E M B E R     2 0 0 8


                                             Now More Than Ever, USDA’s Nutrition
                                                Assistance Programs Can Help.
    C H E C K O U T:                          Many families are concerned about the rising costs of food.
• MyPyramid at                      Read on for tips for how to stretch your food dollars through budgeting, food
  www.mypyramid.gov for                selection, and low-cost recipes. If you are struggling to put food on the
  personalized eating plans,
  advice to make smart choices                   table, USDA’s nutrition assistance programs may help.
  from every food group and
  help to balance food and
  physical activity.

• Loving Your Family Feeding
  Their Future at
                                                              How Much: $ $ Available For Food
  www.snap.nal.usda.gov. It
                                                              • Know the resources you have to spend on food.
  is available in English and
  Spanish and provides menus,                                 • Make a shopping list based on the resources you
  recipes, and tips on buying                                   have to spend.
  and serving healthier foods.
                                                              • Buy only the amounts of fresh foods you can use
• Recipe Finder at http://           Use foods you already      before it spoils.
  recipefinder.nal.usda.gov           have to plan menus.
  for over 100 low cost, nutri-                               • Consider frozen or shelf stable items that last
                                     Add missing foods to
  tious and delicious recipes in       your shopping list.
                                                                longer.
  both English and Spanish.

• The SNAP pre-screening tool
  at www.snap-step1.usda.gov       Planning: Making Meals With Foods On Hand
  to see if you may qualify for
  SNAP benefits and how            Before going to the            • Can I mix foods             • Use other foods on
  much you might receive.          grocery store, check             together to make a            your list such as
                                   what foods you already           tasty and nutritious          vegetables, fruits,
• The location of your nearest     have.                            meal?                         and whole grains to
  SNAP office at
                                                                  • What foods does my
                                                                                                  complete the menu.
  www.fns.usda.gov/snap/           Once you know what
  outreach/default.htm
                                                                    family need for good        • Once you plan your
                                   foods you have, ask              health?
                                   these questions:                                               menus, make a new
                                                                  Then:                           list for missing foods
                                   • What meals and                                               you need to buy.
                                                                  • Plan what recipes you
                                    recipes can I make              will make using your
                                    using the foods I have?         list of foods.              ~Turn the page for more tips
                                                                                                on low-cost, healthy shopping.
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                           Shopping: Before, During, and After
                           Before Shopping                 During Shopping                 After Shopping

                         • Make a shopping list.         • Don’t shop when you           • Store food right away
                           This helps you stick to         are hungry. It is easier   to preserve freshness.
                           your budget.                    to stick to your
                                                           shopping list.           • Freeze food to
                         • Plan your meals.
                                                                                           prevent spoiling.
                           Planning helps put            • Try store brands.
                           leftovers to good use.          They usually cost less. • Divide foods into small
      Fruits and
                                                                                           portions for children
   vegetables are        • Look for coupons,             • Compare products for
                                                                                           and elderly to prevent
     usually less          sales and store                 the best deal.
                           specials.                                                       waste.
  expensive when                                         • Check sell by dates.
they are in season.      • For added savings               Buy the freshest food         • Use foods with the
 Farmer’s Markets          sign up for the store           possible. It lasts              earliest expiration
always carry what          discount card.                  longer.                         dates first.
    is in season.

                        Tips: Best Buys for Cost and Nutrition
                        Breads and Grains                Fruits                           Meat and Beans
                        • Look for bargains on day       • Buy fresh fruits in season,    • Chuck or bottom round
                          old bread. It costs less but     when they generally cost         roast has less fat and is
                          is still nutritious.             less.                            cheaper than sirloin.

                        • Buy regular rice, oatmeal      • Frozen and canned fruits       • Dried beans and peas are
                          and grits instead of             are a smart choice all year      a good source of protein
                          instant to save on money,        round.                           and fiber. They last a
                          sugar and calories.                                               long time without spoiling.
                                                         Low-Fat Milk Products
 Look for bargains
                        Vegetables and Salad                                              • Look for specials at the
                                                         • Buy fresh, low-fat milk in
 on day old bread.                                                                    meat counter. Buy meat
                        • Buy large bags of frozen      the largest size that can be
 It costs less but is                                                                 on sale for big savings.
                          vegetables. Seal tightly in   used before spoiling.
   still nutritious.      the freezer between uses.     Larger containers cost less • Buy meat in large bulk
                                                        than smaller sizes.           packages to save money.
                        • Avoid pre-bagged salad
                                                                                      Freeze portions you might
                          mixes. They are usually     • Ultra-pasteurized milk has
                                                                                      not use right away to
                          more expensive and spoil      a longer expiration date
                                                                                      prevent spoiling.
                          faster.                       and won’t spoil as fast.
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                                          Additional Resources
                        USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs Can Help Make Ends Meet
                    You may qualify for more than Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program




   USDA’s
  nutrition
 assistance
  programs
   provide
assistance to
 millions of
  American
 households
struggling to
balance their
  budgets.




                         Resources for SNAP Partners and Educators

				
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