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Politico offers Cory Booker an absurd food stamp menu

Laura Clawsonbyline‚ Dec. 04‚ 2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is embarking on a food stamp challenge, eating on $4 per day for a week. And Politico has a truly lunatic set of suggestions for a day of Booker's meals during the challenge. The fact that it's Cory Booker is of course one of the key limitations of the food stamp challenge as a tool for raising awareness of how difficult it is to live within the constraints of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: the politicians and religious leaders who attempt it are generally those who already support more benefits; you don't see John Boehner and Eric Cantor trying this. The fact that the challenge typically only lasts a week is another limitation, of course. You know it'll end. You can plan a whole week of meals ahead of time, knowing how much you'll have each day; past a week, and especially as the budget tightens at the end of the month, it would get much more difficult. It's a limited thought experiment in poverty and nothing more. But there are things to learn.