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Eating Healthy on SNAP

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Over 51,000 people in Washoe County are currently using the SNAP program, or mostly known as EBT. SNAP gives that extra help to those low income families, but sometimes buying healthy food can get expensive. 

The Division of Welfare and Supportive Services in Nevada have changed their system over the years, which has made it faster for people to get the extra help they need, "Supplemental food benefit in less than 14 days and access to medical service in average of 44 days soon than they used to have," explains Naomi Lewis, the Deputy Administrator for the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. 

Some of these changes include adding extra staff and making it easier for people to apply for these benefits, but being on this program does have its restrictions. Such as they are not allowed to buy anything that can be taxed, such as cigarettes and alcohol. 

Being on a budget and eating healthy meals can be a struggle for individuals who are on this program, but one nutritionist in Reno is trying to help those families by making a program that show you how eat healthy for just $4 a day. 

"A lot of tricks on how to do that like shopping outside of the aisle and swapping out the meat protein for plant protein which is more affordable," explains Jen Boscovich, the owner of BFF Cafe. 

Boscovich says shopping outside the aisle helps you avoid processed food and food with a lot sugar and artificial sweeteners, she also recommends re-using food, like cooking a bunch of rice and keeping it in your freezer for the next week, "We are focusing more on whole foods to keep the foods really clean that way you can make meals and use leftovers, freeze them," said Boscovich. 

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada also provides a program for families that are on SNAP and might need some extra help on how to eat healthy, such as their Smart Shopper Program, "It helps people with meal planning and knowing what food is inexpensive but still healthy," says Jocelyn Lantrip, the Director of Marketing for the Food Bank. 

Boscovich will be holding a class that teaches you how to eat healthy on a budget on Monday, May 22nd. Details: https://bffcafe.com/

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