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Wellesley family experiments with food-stamp diet

Julia de Peyster prepares dinner for her family, including her three sons Toby (12, left), Teddy (5, middle) and Rowan (9) on Monday evening, January 31, 2011. The de Peyster family is preparing to live on a food stamp budget for 40 days for Lent. Photo courtesy Wellesley Townsman.

Our own Depeyster family is featured in an article in this week’s Wellesley Townsman titled Wellesley family experiments with food-stamp diet.

It was during a discussion on poverty that Julia de Peyster realized something was wrong. Her oldest son, Toby, 12, didn’t know what a food stamp was. “In the suburbs you can go for years without seeing anybody who doesn’t live like you do,” she said. “I think that was a big eye-opener for me.” As Julia searched for a way to illustrate for her three sons how poverty can impact families, she hatched an idea: she’d try and feed her own family on a food stamp budget for Lent.

You can read the entire article here. To follow along as the dePeysters live on a food stamp budget, you can follow Julia’s blog here.

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