Re "Matsui's food-stamp diet includes pasta but no meat" (The Buzz, June 18): I did my own SNAP challenge last fall after reading an article about a local television personality who found it difficult to eat on California's SNAP amount.
It requires planning, careful shopping and sacrifice, but it is possible to eat well on $4.50 per day. Apples and bananas are 37 and 15 cents apiece, and great choices for fresh fruit.
Seasonal vegetables are downright cheap. Canned and frozen fruit and vegetables are good alternatives and sometimes more nutritionally sound. High quality protein sources such as chicken, pork, and even fish run about $.42 to $.89 per 4 ounces.
Peanut butter and beans are great protein sources for pennies per serving. Instead of throwing more money at the SNAP program, Congress should focus on developing more food education programs and limit purchase of some sweetened soft drinks and snacks that have no nutritional value.
-- Sheila D. Fleege, Placerville