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$25 For A Week's Food: Students Take Food-Stamp Challenge

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Living on food stamps, like 47 million Americans do, isn't easy.

And it's not very healthy, either.

Ten University of Houston nutrition students wanted to find out just how challenging it is, FOX's Chris Stipes reported.

They took the "food stamp challenge," led by Daphne Hernandez, health and human performance assistant professor.

They each got just $25 to buy a week's worth of groceries.

That's what the average participant gets under SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, about $1.50 per meal.

They wanted to see if they could still meet government recommended nutrition guidelines.

Even with help from a registered dietitian they could not.

Now, imagine what it's like for a low-income family without the help of a professional to make these important diet decisions.

The class is concerned that people using food stamps are at a higher risk to get sick.

You can hear reactions from the students – including one who can remember his family being on food stamps as a child – in the video report above.

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