Thursday, April 23, 2009

Found Shopping Lists

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:57 AM

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Photographer Susan Adcock has been collecting and documenting shopping lists of people who rely on food stamp assistance.

According to Adcock, lists from the beginning of the month are longer and include more fresh fruits and vegetables, and luxuries like boneless meat, solid white albacore tuna and sliced deli meat. Toward the end of the month, it's bread, cheese and plain tuna or cheap frozen meals.

The recipient who scribbled this list receives $30 a month in assistance. Her list used all of that, plus about $10 extra. Susan writes that the week cigarette prices went up, someone offered to sell her $90 of food stamps for $40 to buy cigarettes. Check her collection of grocery lists here.

On another note, congratulations are in order to Adcock. Her photos were included at the end of a Second Harvest video, Yes We're Cans, submitted to, the Obama's service organization. It won first place, and since that was two months ago, we'll call it a belated congratulations to Susan and all the folks involved in the making of Yes We're Cans.

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