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Eating In, a series examining food and food culture in New Hampshire, ran May 17-21, 2010.

Working It Out Live: Food and the Economy

The recession took a big bite out of the household food budget. How did the lean times change us? This hour on Working It Out Live, we follow the chain of food through this economy. We’ll be hearing about how families changed how and where they shop.

Food prices rose as incomes fell. For some, that led to a healthier diet. For others, it meant more chips and soda. Restaurants took it on the chin. Grocers tended to do a little better but they’ve had their struggles too – caught between rising costs and penny pinching shoppers. The food pantries have been swamped and the pressure to keep up with increasing demand has stretched the generosity of many communities. We want to hear from you. Tell us what you did to stretch a food dollar or to help people in your town.

A caller asked how she could apply for Food Stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The hotline number is 1-800-852-3345, ext. 0747

NH Health and Human Services administers the program in this state. Click here to read about eligibility and how to apply.

The NH Food Bank said during the show that donations always drop during the summer. Click here to learn how you can donate food or money to help reduce the gap between supply and demand.

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