Each month, The Oklahoman's editorial board recognizes a contributor to Your Views for a letter to the editor that exemplifies a timely, fair, accurate and cogent viewpoint. Alisa Smith is the honoree for letters that appeared in Your Views last month. Her letter, “Resounding yes!” was published Nov. 10.
Meet the writer
Smith grew up in Norman and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a music degree. She taught orchestra for two years in San Antonio while her husband served in the Air Force. Smith has been married to her college sweetheart, Bradley, for 18 years. They have one daughter and three boys. A large portion of her time is devoted to homeschooling their two oldest children. Smith stays active in the community through church, the school cooperative and her children's sports programs. She takes joy in being a good manager of her home and family. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading and trying new recipes.
Regarding “Could you eat for $4.43 a day?” (News, Nov. 2): I would answer the question with a resounding “Yes!” I consistently feed my family of six with nutritious and diverse meals every day for less. We eat three meals a day and plenty of snacks. We rarely miss a dessert. The best way to give dignity and empowerment to people on the SNAP program is to teach them how to shop and eat. Fresh fruits, vegetables and meat are very affordable when you buy them on sale. Water and milk are excellent and affordable drinking options.
Being a savvy shopper takes time and discipline. You have to read the weekly ads and comparison shop. Skip the junk food and cold cereal aisles. If you can't cook, ask friends for recipes, search the web or check out cookbooks from the library.
To truly succeed, you have to be willing to do all your food prep, laborious cooking and tiresome kitchen cleanup. Try these methods and you too can have a full pantry and stomach!