Episode Four – Lessons from Food Stamps

Pre-production for Episode Four has begun!

This episode will feature the DePeyster family as they attempt to live off of primarily organic food stamps for the forty days of Lent in an effort to teach their three young boys about poverty, charity, and food through a first-hand experience that is sure to challenge them all.

I came across an article in the Townsman that detailed the DePeyster family’s plan and decided that tracking their progress and lessons learned would make a perfect segment for Inside Wellesley. I’m confident that we can all learn something from their journey.

In addition, Mrs. DePeyster is keeping a fantastic blog to document the experience.

One of the questions I’m most curious about is how difficult a task this will be given that cheap groceries don’t exist in Wellesley. It will be interesting to see how far food stamps will go at and

I have no doubt that this experience will give us all a new respect for those who rely on food stamps and teach us a thing or two about the food we eat, the price we pay, and the effect of food on our overall health.

I can’t wait to get started!

Don’t miss Episode Three featuring the Wellesley Armory’s Family Support Center and the Board of Selectmen campaign of 18-year old Andrew Pernokas now playing on The Wellesley Channel.

Check the calendar for show times!

Usborne Liz March 21, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Why not just ask the many people who live in Wellesley who actually do have to rely on EBT (food stamps)? The amount given online usually exceeds what is actually given in real life.
Erich Archer March 22, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Hi Liz, In my first episode I profiled the Wellesley Food Pantry and I did speak with a woman who relies on food stamps. Finding folks who rely on them who are ALSO willing to be on camera has proven to be extremely difficult however. The de Pester story provides another way to look at this issue and it's my feeling that the attention can be beneficial and informative. What do you mean when you say "the amount given online usually exceeds what is given in real life? Thanks for your comment, Erich
Taxed More March 27, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Instead of teaching their kids about poverty, the DePeyster family should teach them how to work and carry their own weight in society.
Taxed More March 27, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Instead of teaching the kids about poverty, teach them how to be responsible abd carry their own weight in society.


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