September 8, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Food is expensive, but preparing your own meals can be healthier and less expensive than eating out. Get ideas on how to eat healthy meals on a budget, including:
- Sample 7-Day Menu
- Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruits (PDF download Adobe Reader)
- 10 Tips for Eating Better on a Budget (PDF download Adobe Reader)
Families with limited resources may qualify for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). This federally funded program shows participants how to make a food budget and select nutritious items. Read more about EFNEP on the USA.gov Blog.
Food stamps are officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This federally funded program helps struggling families to put food on the table.
Use a pre-screening tool to find out if you're eligible for SNAP.
Learn more about how to apply for food stamp benefits.
Meal Programs for Children
Federally assisted meal programs, such as the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to eligible children each school day. Learn more about these and other school meal programs.
The Summer Food Service Program helps to fill the nutrition gap for eligible children when school lets out for the summer.
For more tips, see http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Health/Food.shtml#EHC1