Food Stamped is an educational and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Nutrition educator Shira Potash teaches cooking classes to elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are eligible for food stamps. In an effort to walk a mile in their shoes, Shira and her husband Yoav embark on the “Food Stamp Challenge” where they eat on roughly one dollar per meal. Along the way, they consult with Members of Congress, food justice activists, nutrition experts, and ordinary people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Yoav Potash is a critically acclaimed producer and director whose other films include “Crime After Crime” (www.CrimeAfterCrime.com), a Sundance Film Festival documentary and a New York Times Critic’s Pick that has won 23 major awards. Shira Potash is a certified Nutrition Educator with a Masters in Community Health Education.
INSPIRED? TAKE ACTION!
- Track what you spend on food for a week or more, including meals eaten out, your morning coffee habit, etc. Or take the food stamp challenge by limiting your food budget to no more than $1.25 per person, per meal, for a week or more. Keep track of your experiences and observations, and discuss them with friends and family. Note if your experience changes or reinforces your opinions about food assistance one way or another. Post your observations on the Food Stamped Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/foodstamped
- Volunteer for a local food justice organization or food bank. If you don’t have time to volunteer, make a donation that you can afford. Donating money to food banks tends to have a bigger impact than donating cans of food, since food banks can use funds to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables in large quantities.
- Organize a community screening of “Food Stamped” in association with your local food bank, food justice organization, church, school, or other group. Contact us via foodstamped.com if you are interested in having the filmmakers participate in a Q&A with your audience.
- What did you learn from the film that you didn’t know before? What, if anything, surprised you?
- Do you think the government should limit what can be bought with food stamps? What, if anything, should be limited? Why or why not?
- Do you think the government should subsidize certain crops or foods? If so, which ones?
- A lot of people argue that food stamps should only be a supplement, and therefore the amounts allotted for food assistance do not need to be large enough to fully fund a healthy diet. What do you think of this argument?
- What do you think needs to be done to reverse the obesity epidemic in the United States?
“Food Stamped is a warm, delightful, and entertaining film with a serious message. Everyone should see this film.” — Marion Nestle, Professor and Author of “Food Politics” and “What to Eat”
“While there have been many films that explore food and health issues, Food Stamped does so with freshness, intelligence, and an appropriate sense of both humor and hope. In the face of a multi-billion dollar processed food industry, this low-budget documentary packs both a punch and a crunch. I highly recommend it.” — Dr. Joseph Mercola, New York Times Bestselling author and founder of Mercola.com, the world’s top natural health resource site