Three Squares depicts three place settings, for three meals a day.  The average SNAP (food stamp) allotment in Louisiana is $4.41 per day, per person. The plates hold what might be a way to budget that amount, which is less than the cost of a fancy coffee, over those three meals. Imagine the difficulty of providing a healthy diet for a child for this cost. Meals at school help, but when school is not in session, that help is not available. Many SNAP recipients are employed, earning low wages that must stretch to meet other expenses.  Other recipients are children or the elderly, unable to work.