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Newark, NJ Mayor self imposes food restrictions and puts himself living off 30 bucks a week to eat....

 
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Newark, NJ Mayor self imposes food restrictions and puts himself living off 30 bucks a week to eat....
Pretty shocking to see any political figure truly giving a damn about the hunger issues in the US. He is on 4.32 a day for food.





[link to blogs.villagevoice.com]

As a result, the Mayor hopes to raise awareness of food justice. In the face of possible fiscal cliff auto-setbacks, states' SNAP programs have been left on the chopping board

He started the challenge this past Monday and, sticking to his social media tendencies, has kept us in the loop of everything he's eating (or, for that matter, not eating).

"For the first time, in a very long time, I am considering every meal and the cost of food I am eating... I cannot remember the last time I started the day without a cup of coffee." he writes.

[link to politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com]

(CNN) – Hoping to break any stigmas of government assistance, Newark Mayor Cory Booker of New Jersey will live on food stamps this week–a challenge that first began as a Twitter conversation.

The Democratic mayor will operate on a food stamp budget of about $30 a week ($4.32 per day), roughly the same amount provided to people in New Jersey who take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
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Day 2 of Cory Booker's food stamp challenge brings no caffeine and a lot of advice

“As Newark's Star-Ledger pointed out this morning , I am regretting not thinking through some of my food choices for the week,” Booker wrote in his daily LinkedIn blog, where day two of his week long challenge to eat $29.78 worth of groceries, featured a menu of, “salad for breakfast, a can of peas and corn mixed together for lunch, and cauliflower, broccoli and a (sweet) potato for dinner.”
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day two of his week long challenge to eat $29.78 worth of groceries, featured a menu of, “salad for breakfast, a can of peas and corn mixed together for lunch, and cauliflower, broccoli and a (sweet) potato for dinner.”
 Quoting: J-Honey


Salad for breakfast? Damn, oatmeal's cheaper than that.

But I do commend him for experiencing what many of his constituents have to deal with. I have to stick to a $30/week grocery budget myself (even tho I'm not on SNAP) but I can supplement it with as much stuff as I can grow in my back yard garden. Thankfully the weather where I am is such that I can grow collards & kale all winter. That's the only thing that makes it possible to afford a small amt of animal protein each week (2 cans salmon, 1/2 doz eggs). Greens, beans & rice does tend to get really old after a while though...
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day two of his week long challenge to eat $29.78 worth of groceries, featured a menu of, “salad for breakfast, a can of peas and corn mixed together for lunch, and cauliflower, broccoli and a (sweet) potato for dinner.”
 Quoting: J-Honey


Salad for breakfast? Damn, oatmeal's cheaper than that.

But I do commend him for experiencing what many of his constituents have to deal with. I have to stick to a $30/week grocery budget myself (even tho I'm not on SNAP) but I can supplement it with as much stuff as I can grow in my back yard garden. Thankfully the weather where I am is such that I can grow collards & kale all winter. That's the only thing that makes it possible to afford a small amt of animal protein each week (2 cans salmon, 1/2 doz eggs). Greens, beans & rice does tend to get really old after a while though...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25342985


I do commend him too.....and the thing is, you can live off 30 bucks, albeit still challenging, by not buying healthy foods and eating crud. It's cheaper, but the fact he is trying to eat healthy on this budget is mind boggling.

Eating healthy is expensive, I don't even know how I could manage on that small budget eating only healthy on 30 bucks....
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What I find irritating about these publicity stunts is that Mayor Cory Booker a vegetarian thus purchasing expensive meat is immediately factored out of this allowing more funds for other purchases is experiencing difficulties.

I fail to understand why he did not purchase oatmeal for breakfast with rice and beans augmented with fruit and vegetables that are in season.

Further the Mayor would gain some respect from me if he also turned up at his local human services welfare office and spent some time working there to understand both sides of the picture.
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12/07/2012 10:13 PM
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copying the sydney mayor, who did the same about eight weeks ago whilst sleeping on the streets.
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12/07/2012 10:22 PM
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Re: Newark, NJ Mayor self imposes food restrictions and puts himself living off 30 bucks a week to eat....
It sounds like a nice gesture but its not entirely accurate.


There are more expenses than just food. Transportation costs money, also energy if you are walking 10-20 miles per day which means you need to eat more. There are also cleaning supplies, toiletries, shoes and clothing, repairs, etc.


30$ a week is not enough to live on. Only a complete idiot would think that is enough to live on in America. How someone living in America could think that is beyond me?
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I can live on that if I eat nothing but eggs and water.
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Re: Newark, NJ Mayor self imposes food restrictions and puts himself living off 30 bucks a week to eat....
It sounds like a nice gesture but its not entirely accurate.


There are more expenses than just food. Transportation costs money, also energy if you are walking 10-20 miles per day which means you need to eat more. There are also cleaning supplies, toiletries, shoes and clothing, repairs, etc.


30$ a week is not enough to live on. Only a complete idiot would think that is enough to live on in America. How someone living in America could think that is beyond me?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 3347655


The $30 a week is the low end average for what you'd get in food stamps. So this whole thing was only about food. It wasn't about anything else.

Still it's a little on the low side, when I got food stamps I was getting about $40 a week.
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Re: Newark, NJ Mayor self imposes food restrictions and puts himself living off 30 bucks a week to eat....
It sounds like a nice gesture but its not entirely accurate.


There are more expenses than just food. Transportation costs money, also energy if you are walking 10-20 miles per day which means you need to eat more. There are also cleaning supplies, toiletries, shoes and clothing, repairs, etc.


30$ a week is not enough to live on. Only a complete idiot would think that is enough to live on in America. How someone living in America could think that is beyond me?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 3347655


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formally foodstamps was meant solely for food purchases and typically in conjunction with welfare, disability, Medicaid (including travel to doctor’s office) payments and HUD benefits and a host of other benefits such as money for energy and prenatal care.

Last Edited by SilverPatriot on 12/07/2012 10:42 PM
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Re: Newark, NJ Mayor self imposes food restrictions and puts himself living off 30 bucks a week to eat....
What I find irritating about these publicity stunts is that Mayor Cory Booker a vegetarian thus purchasing expensive meat is immediately factored out of this allowing more funds for other purchases is experiencing difficulties.

I fail to understand why he did not purchase oatmeal for breakfast with rice and beans augmented with fruit and vegetables that are in season.

Further the Mayor would gain some respect from me if he also turned up at his local human services welfare office and spent some time working there to understand both sides of the picture.
 Quoting: SilverPatriot


All very good points Silver. Because how could you afford healthy meats? Produce though, is also quite pricey. I wonder if he published what he bought and what his menu is. I also agree, volunteering would be an additional necessary aspect that would garner respect. I still do commend him, publicity stunt or not, because.....it is nice to see a politician who is making somewhat of an effort to make a difference....we don't see that nearly enough.

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