Food Stamped

Food Stamped

DVD - 2011
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Presented is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America's broken food system.
Publisher: [United States] : Passion River Films, c2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (62 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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walkinginsunshine
Oct 18, 2018

Believe it or not, it's possible to shop healthily on a small budget, regardless of what you're using to pay for the food, stamps or cash. The most expensive foods are the ones in the middle aisles, not rice, beans, vegetables, and lean meats. You can buy ground turkey, which is both cheaper and healthier than ground beef. You can also buy wild caught, not farm raised fish, for less than $10 for a few pounds. It is possible to eat well and be poor. In fact, more often than not, even people with money don't eat the healthiest diets, hence the American obesity rate. It really doesn't have much to do with the money if you really want to eat well, honestly. There are so many inexpensive farmers markets that you can take advantage of as well if you must eat organic. However, you have to be really honest with yourself to realize all these really simple points.

Gina_Vee Jul 02, 2018

Just watching this movie caused me so much anxiety for the people that have to live off of this grocery budget. I may actually try the challenge, though, just to see how well I can eat today on this budget. Another gentleman wrote a cookbook based off of the food stamp budget that I'd also like to work through someday soon, just to see if I can reduce my own expenses to start donating that money back into food banks.

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Curiouskind
Sep 19, 2016

A terrific, insightful, and well-researched documentary, and the filmmakers, Shira and Yoav Potash, bring a realistic warmth to this subject. The whole point of this film is to bring attention to the broken food system and demonstrate how deeply the issues run. It starts with the food subsidies from the USDA (enacted by the Farm Bill) for manufactured products like high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils through commodities like corn, wheat, rice, soybeans, cotton. We don't really know what part this agency plays in our broken system because the administrators refuse to respond to multiple request to speak with the filmmakers, but make no doubt they have a part to play. The larger roles come from the legislature and their political willingness or unwillingness to address the problems (or to appease their supporters). In 2007, according to Journal of the American Dietetic Association, junk food prices reduced -2% while produce prices increased +20%, exemplifying some of the rooted issues that need to be addressed. I think food banks are a necessity, given the current circumstance, and I would like to see better coordination between the farms, farmer's markets, grocery stores, and food banks. I was amazed at how much effort, thought, and planning is involved just to stay healthy for a week and within budget -- I was exhausted looking at their menu. Do you think you can do that for months, maybe years at a time all the while not being able to consume enough calories to sustain that kind of thoughtfulness? What if you needed that kind of thoughtfulness to look for a job and rise above all the other eligible candidates, or to participate 100% at school to better your near-term future because there's so much riding on this commitment? It's a system that works against you, through and through, despite the overall wealth of this country. I don't usually talk about the end of the film (or near the end of the film), but I thought it was elegant that their last meal was to share it with a friend in a kind of ceremony, which I later learn is a blessing prior to a meal called brachah rishonah. There's something sacred about eating a healthy meal because of how fundamentally essential it is, and in this country, of all countries, there should be no excuses. When you watch a documentary like this, you begin to wonder what kind of country we have become, what we aspire to be. It's frustrating, and I would even say shameful, truly shameful, and it's called the Farm Bill.

mrsgail5756 Oct 13, 2013

Very well done documentary!!!!!!

Quimeras Jul 15, 2013

“Food Stamped” is an insightful documentary that shows the challenges of living on food stamps while making healthy choices.

aaa5756 Nov 10, 2012

PBS has done it again very well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater. A++ DVD

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thewalkinggirl
Jul 28, 2012

I so enjoyed this movie I really got a lot out of it I laughed at times and learned ways to better look at our food world. I ended up going on the food stamp web site and seeing what I would qualify for and did my own food stamp chalange at home had a great time and learned so much watch it it is good and you will walk away with new thoughts...

kevfarley Mar 02, 2012

A very well made documentary !
However, for many of us, the current foodstamp allotment is now twice what the film-makers had estimated ( ie. its now $2.00 + per meal, and not the $1.00 per meal they had tried to live on).
And you CAN make Ramen Noodles, and other cheap carbos, into healthy balanced meals,.. with the additions of veggies, tunafish, and etc.
The supermarkets ARE full of healthy and relatively inexpensive food,
if you're willing to give up the ideal about pure "organic" items.

This film is a valuable resource and overview of both the problems and possible solutions.

If it weren't for those little plastic 'EBT' cards so many of us are carrying,.. our country would now be swamped with Great Depression style 'bread lines' !!

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dprodrig
Dec 16, 2011

Very interesting look at the American food stamp system. I wish the focus had been on a healthy diet, rather than being limited to only purchasing organic foods, as I suspect they may have been able to meet their caloric requirements a bit more easily even though I still think the food allowance is low. l I think it's cool that some farmer's markets let you exchange your food stamp dollars for tokens.

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HereHere
Dec 15, 2011

A young couple live on a week's worth of food stamps, and interview senators who had previously taken the week-long food stamp challenge. Interesting information on school lunch and breakfast programs.

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Curiouskind
Sep 19, 2016

The Dirty Dozen: most sprayed crops

1. Cherries
2. Pears
3. Strawberries
4. Apples
5. Tomatoes
6. Potatoes
7. Lettuce, spinach (other leafy greens)
8. Coffee
9. Peaches, nectarines
10. Grapes
11. Celery
12. Bell peppers (red and green)

aaa5756 Oct 13, 2013

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

aaa5756 Oct 13, 2013

“America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.” -Oscar Wilde

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