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By Samantha Wright
Boise State Public Radio
As of January, more than 231,000 people in Idaho were on food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. The average Idaho recipient receives about $128 per month. For many, that’s not enough, and they rely on food pantries and family members for help. The Idaho Foodbank has a program designed to teach nutrition and food budgeting to those on limited incomes.
Men and women laugh and gossip as they gather around long tables, chopping up fruit and vegetables. Jessyca Tyler brings out a large frozen bag. “I am putting some chicken out on a sheet pan so that we can get it ready for the recipe.”
She calls her class together. “We’re preparing three recipes today. We’ve got one that’s called Haitian-Style Chicken and the over there you guys have ingredients for a fruit salad with warm honey yogurt on top.”
Also on the menu, chocolate cake with cherries.