Thrifty weekly menus

Dietetic interns at Iowa State University were asked to develop a menu plan for a week for a low-income rural family with one adult female and three children (one in preschool, two in elementary school).

First they had to figure out how much money it would take to feed the family using USDA's Thrifty Food Plan...the amount that Food Assistance (formerly Food Stamps) is based on.

Then the interns developed menus, recipes, costs, nutrition analysis, and shared their reflections. The ISU Food and Nutrition Department instructors shared the six best papers with us. Click on the names below to see the edited versions of the thrifty weekly menus:

If you want to know how much your family would spend on the low-cost plan (which is a little higher than the thrifty plan), use our online calculator.

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