Although USDA is the acronym for United States Department of Agriculture, its largest expenditure ( two thirds of its budget) is SNAP, formerly known as food stamps. It should really be called the Department of Food and Nutrition. Liberals don’t want SNAP reduced even though they admit it fails in so many ways, particularly in allowing recipients to buy soda/pop (5 cents out of every dollar value). I would add to that the use of SNAP EBT cards at fast food restaurants--a boon to the industry, but not to the health of low income people. You can also use the EBT card at Starbucks--I don’t even buy their overpriced product! You can fix an entire meal for what a Starbucks latte will cost you. Twenty million more Americans are using SNAP today than at the start of the 2007 recession, which has been over since June 2009 and now unemployment is at record lows.
Good and Cheap is a cookbook for people with very tight budgets, particularly those on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. It's a myth that cheap processed food is more economical than "real" food. Just figure the cost per ounce of a 5 lb bag of potatoes against a 12 oz. bag of potato chips. Or a $2.28 gallon of milk against a liter of Pepsi.