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Mayor spends $29.78 on week's worth of groceries as part of Food Stamp challenge

Apples, corn, broccoli and lots of beans. That's what Mayor Cory Booker purchased on Saturday with the money he is allotting himself as part of the Food Stamp challenge.
Booker tweeted a picture of his Pathmark receipt earlier today, and he will begin the challenge on Tuesday.

The Food Stamp challenge aims to highlight what it is like to live on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The challenge is sponsored and promoted by the Food Research and Action Center.

The average monthly food stamp benefit was $133.26 per person in New Jersey in fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's a little over $33 per week, or $4 per day.

More: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/cory_booker_spends_...

PS I am not encouraging Food Stamps programs I thought it was interesting and maybe useful for some (Preppers?)

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Big deal. My mom can squeeze a nickel...

and make three dimes drop out of Jefferson's nose.

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The Real Reason Mayor Cancelled all Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Dates

..lots of beans. :)

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Enough Food to Live. Yes. Enough Nutrition to Prosper. No.

I am trying to be more healthy, loose (some) fat, and minimize my food budget.

The best I can do is $10 per day for groceries; shopping for deals in four grocery stores; including a discount foods store.

So, I can eat brown rice, fruit (currently grapefruit & limes), multi-grain/whole grain hot cereal, some quality organic leafy greens, avocado, yogurt (when a quality greek one is on discount), red potatoes and sometimes quinoa. Also, I supplement with extra calcium (longevity), glucosamine (to keep on moving), and a multi-vitamin (half dose).

I would like to spend $30 a day on highly nutrient-rich quality food; yet I have debt to shed.

If I were forced to live on $5 of groceries per day, I would hate every minute of it, and not wish it on anyone.

White flower coats the intestines.
White rice is nutrient poor (except rare/expensive naturally occurring white rice).
Corn syrup is bad for you.
Fruit juice has it's nutrients cooked out (and partially/artificially supplemented).
MSG messes with your mind and is addictive.
..and highly processed and prepared foods are full of crap (so to speak).

That kind of diet leads to poor health, lessened mental ability, hyper-glycemia, nerve problems, and obesity; making it less likely to succeed.

Food is life. $5 a day might not be enough to lift yourself out of the haze.

isnt that why...

its called supplemental assistance? to supplement? if you gave them everything it would not be supplemental assistance.....

"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."
-Robert Green Ingersoll

Buying Sushi with Food Stamps

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Eatin good in the neighborhood.

Me and my wife eat very well and we spend between $50-65 a week. Always have meat and veggies. We have done a cost breakdown of the lunches I eat and they range from $0.63-2.25 and these are 1 lb servings. We shop at Aldi and Shop n Save in the area.

i survived on about 30

i survived on about 30 dollars a week for groceries during my last year in college. it is totally feasible, it just takes a lot of...preparing food from scratch. the more a food is processed, the more is costs.

Interesting numbers as the USDA number I see are very different

for a household of one is $200; for a household of two it's $367; for a household of three it's $526. The award amount increases by $150 to $160 as the number of people in the household increases.

If this is true then one must ask why he only took 29.00 to shop with? Most that receive the food stamp benefit have children, an additional 1 or two people can result in getting up to 526.00 per month, and no single male will ever qualify for food stamps. This was a ploy to make it look as if people who get benefits can barely scrape by, when the reality is very different. In most cases people have plenty to spend, and when i was a youth cutting meat at a inner city grocer most people on food stamps would buy all they needed and then buy several expensive cuts of meat, they would let these meats sit on their kitchen counter until they turned nice and grey/green and return them for cash to spend on their cigarettes and beer. Just so you know i am not making it up they would all tell what they did to game the system, and were mighty proud of it. The local high school home economics class (which was full of minority children) were taught how to shop on food stamps and explained in detail how much more money they could get for each additional illegitimate child they produced, I watched this for years and there is zero exaggeration there. I would dare guess this still goes on today.

Always remember:
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If they hate us for our freedom, they must LOVE us now....

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$15 = 60 eggs
$24 = 30 cups of rice. (dry weight $20 25lb bag, 2 cups per lb)
$45 = 30 lbs of (whole) Chicken



Leaving room for some extras....

1lb Butter $4
2lb Bacon $6
2 pkg Bread $6
Veggies $14
Pasta $6
Spices $6

Now it's $126.00 and totally survivable.

I lived on this diet for a couple years, even without that bacon.


Brave guy

Imo he could pass out in two weeks from exhaustion unless he is not moving around too much.

He definitely will have to conserve his energy I think.


Part 2.. Mayor trades groceries for wine and cigarettes.

Then he lights up, gets drunk and pan handles to show how many abuse the government assistance.

It is funny how these do-gooder public servants only tell the part of the story that makes them out to be worthy of the publics trust.


Good for him - hope it works out for him.

I have no problem with people who truly need assistance receiving it. However...when the person in line ahead of me uses an EBT card and is fresh off the tennis court in her stylish tennis garb and driving a new car - I have a serious problem with the program. Pay attention when you're at the grocery store, I think you'll be amazed at who uses the card. Before I started paying attention, I assumed they were paying with a credit or bank debit card.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

"I have no problem with

"I have no problem with people who truly need assistance receiving it"

I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you meant that, disregarding the coercive means used to acquire the funds necessary to provide the needy individual with the assistance in the first place, you have no problem with people who truly need assistance receiving it, right? If so, we're cool. If not, then I think you might be on the wrong site.

JO means the ones who took possession of all of their

parents assets, not wanting to wait, and playing the system for absolutely everything their parents need. Parents then would probably qualify for Medicaid, leaving the kids with a load of cash and assets. They are just doing the shopping for their "impoverished" parents, while they take advantage of others who can neither qualify or afford because they are honestly a few dollars over the limit allowed. I'm sure JO wasn't talking about the ones who truly need the help.

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―Emmet Fox

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