Poor cannot afford healthy foods
Cossey, a 43-year-old community college student, and her son, Andrew, survive on food stamps, trips to the food bank, and a state program for pregnant women and their children that provides essentials such as dairy products, fruit juice and cereal.Current mood: hungry for bananas.
She knows they should both be eating more fruits and vegetables. But the foods on the government's new food pyramid are too expensive. Boxed macaroni and cheese costs less than a dollar to feed the whole family; a fresh chicken breast and steamed vegetables cost about $2.60.
"I'm sure we'd all like to feed our children a nice healthy chicken breast and asparagus," she said on a visit to a vegetable market. "If we are low on fruits and vegetables, my child gets his first."