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2010 | 62 min | Documentary Feature
Directed by: Shira PotashUSA
Cast & Credits
Food Stamped follows a couple attempting to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Nutrition educator Shira Potash teaches nutrition-based cooking classes to elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are eligible for food stamps. In an attempt to walk a mile in their shoes, Shira and her documentary filmmaker husband embark on the food stamp challenge where they eat on roughly one dollar per meal.
In tandem with this experiment, they meet food justice activists, nutrition experts, and politicians who offer their experiences and perspectives on the intersection of food, money, healthcare, and politics. Shira and Yoav consult with a variety of ordinary people living on food stamps and follow them through their daily routine of shopping, cooking and feeding their families in order to take a deep look into the struggles low-income Americans face every day while trying to put three-square meals on the table.
About the Director
Shira Potash (Co-Director), head of Sprouts Nutrition, is a certified nutritional educator. She teaches nutrition-based cooking classes to public elementary schoolchildren, helping them to enjoy fruits and vegetables and make healthy choices in their lives. In her private nutrition practice, Shira works one-on-one with clients of all ages to guide them towards optimum health. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Health Education from the University of New Mexico. This is her first film.
Yoav Potash (Co-Director) is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, and the founder of Summit Pictures, an independent film and video production company. His documentary Crime After Crime is scheduled for theatrical release starting on July 1 in New York, with a broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network in the fall of this year. He has earned awards including the Washington DC International Film Festival's Justice Matters Prize.