Applaud Creator of Food Stamp Cookbook

8-24-14 food stamp cook book

Target: Author Leanne Brown

Goal: Applaud Leanne Brown for creating a cookbook highlighting how to eat nutritiously while on a food-stamp budget

Recently, author Leanne Brown released a cookbook focusing on creating nutritious, healthy meals for families using food stamps. Brown, who’s master’s project was focused on food policy, noted in her research that people on tight budgets tend to eat a lot of processed, carb-heavy foods. Currently, there are 45 million people in the United States on one of the tightest budgets possible: food stamps. With just $126 per month, people are struggling to feed themselves good food that won’t lead to health problems down the road. Brown created a cookbook featuring a variety of healthy meals that can be made on a food-stamp budget, helping those on a small budget still eat nutritiously. Applaud her for her determination to help improve the food system.

Brown, who’s cookbook originally started as a free PDF online, created a Kickstarter campaign which would allow her to use the funding to make printed copies for those who could not access computers. Her goal was $10,000. Through the integrity of her project and the generosity of the online community, Brown raised almost $145,000. With this, she created 6,000 free copies of the cookbook. She also approved an additional 25,000 copies to be available for nonprofit groups to purchase at $4 each to distribute to those who need it.

The unequal access to healthy food is a growing problem across the nation. Those who are struggling are barely able to afford their food, and some of the cheapest food is also the worst food. Brown seeks to change this unfair system. By creating the  “Good and Cheap” cookbook, she shows concise and easy ways readers can create healthy meals for themselves and their families. While this doesn’t solve the food problem, this does help bridge the gap between tight budgets and healthy eating. Thank her for creating this cookbook and for making it free to those who need it most.


Dear Leanne Brown,

I recently read about your cookbook, “Good and Cheap,” which contains healthy recipes that can be made on tight budgets. As your research for your master’s project showed, one of the tightest budgets is a food stamp budget, also known as funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). I think your work is phenomenal and I would like to thank you for two reasons.

First, for creating this cookbook. So many of the cheapest foods available are the ones that are also the worst for the human body. Using food assistance should not have to come at the cost of your life-long health. Second, for making this cookbook free (and/or as cheaply available as possible) to nonprofits to distribute it to those who need it. People like you show us through your actions, not your words, how to truly be a good human being and make a difference for the better.


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