Just reminded again, I do get irritated at some assertions I keep seeing, along the lines that it’s absolutely impossible to eat vegan on food stamps.
Given more time and energy than I have available right now, and fewer actual medical restrictions? I could totally feed someone pretty well off decently balanced vegan food on a very low budget. I kept myself fed that way for years. On food stamps for most of that time.
What you’re getting is going to depend A LOT on what resources you do have readily/cheaply available locally. And anywhere I have lived, you’d better really like variations on beans and rice/beans and cornbread/etc. Plus a decent bit of reduced and/or frozen produce, especially if you’re not living somewhere there’s more fresh stuff cheaply/readily available in season–or the space and ability to grow/forage some for yourself.
If you feel like it’s not Properly Vegan if it doesn’t involve a lot of specialty ingredients and currently hyped trends? You’re way less likely to be able to pull that off on a low budget.
We’re talking a lot of classic poor people’s food here, y'all. Plus often some back engineering to get rid of what animal products have traditionally gotten added in whenever people had them available.
Of course nobody should feel in any way obligated to do anything in particular with their own diet. (!) Much less based on anything some cranky old rando is saying. Everybody has their own preferences, besides different resources/constraints. Everybody’s situation is necessarily going to be different. I haven’t even been any flavor of vegetarian myself for years, for fairly complicated reasons.
But, critical thinking and YMMV are kinda the points here? And I get so tired of all kinds of politicized blanket statements which really do not apply anything like universally.
(Rather keep this particular little crankfest on my blog, as few spoons as I have for dealing with much right now.)