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Did you know food stamps only covered $28 a week?

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker's $30 Food Stamp Budget Makes Haters Look Like Selfish Whiners

Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham on December 4, 2012 

Cory Booker food stampsCory Booker is the mayor of Newark, New Jersey and one of the most popular politicians in the country. Now, he is living on food stamps. But relax, you people who love to hate on food stamps and who claim those who use them "take advantage" and live high on the hog. This challenge is part of proving just how little food stamps really buy.

The whole thing started when Booker got into it on Twitter over the necessity of social programs like food stamps. Booker said: "An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics" and "We pay 4 HUGE back end govt programs: prisons, police, etc. If we invested in Schools, nutrition, etc we’d save $ & create wealth."

He then received this tweet from an army wife in North Carolina: "Nutrition is not a responsibility of the government." It was on. Booker challenged them both to feed a family of four for a week on only food stamps.

It's kind of an amazing thing for a mayor to do, most especially because living on a "food stamp budget" is not exactly luxurious. From December 3 until December 12, Booker is living on $29.78 per week, which is actually MORE than the $28 per week people on food stamps receive. Oh yes, that's what all these jerks are whining about. Twenty-EIGHT dollars a week. I am sorry, but seriously?

I also have a family of four, and granted, we eat very healthy and shop at Whole Foods, which tends to cost a bit more. But our weekly grocery bill hovers somewhere close to $250 a week, if not more. And that is on a week where we get take-out at least once as well. In our family and in our city, $28 might buy a carton of milk, some eggs, and a few apples and forget it if you have any dietary restrictions.

Booker shared his first food stamp receipt, which included beans, whole corn, and a red delicious apple (Booker is a vegetarian), but the reality is that he is going to be hungry. As one Twitter follower told him: "Dont let yourself get dehydrated! Drink lots of water, you have no fluids on here."

I am sorry, but WTF is wrong with people? This is what they have been whining and bitching about when it comes to benefits?

"There’s no way you could eat nutritious food," said Rucha Gadre, director of Food Bank Services at Mercer Street Friends, put it. Poor nutrition taxes our health care system and may even lead to more crime and harm the economy even more. All this over $30 a week? Really?

I have to admit, I never looked into food stamps all that deeply. I believe hungry people should be fed and that's that, so what the amount was never really concerned me. But $28 is paltry. It's nothing to feed a whole family. Sure, one could assume most people are supplementing that with a little more money from their jobs (they would have to be!), but eating healthy foods on that little money isn't really an option.

As a heavy taxpayer who is also concerned about the fiscal cliff negotiations, I still say that cutting social programs is just not an option. I am sorry. But it isn't. I would rather figure out a way to cut $28 a week out of my OWN grocery bill than take food stamps away from someone who needs them far more than I. Anyone who feels differently ought to open their heart a little and stop whining. In a country as rich as ours, NO ONE should be hungry.

Good for Booker for shining a light on just how little money food stamps really gives.

Did you know food stamps only covered $28 a week?

by on Dec. 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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by Anonymous 5 on Dec. 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM
I get $200 a month for just me. I'm also pregnant though & have no income due to a high risk pregnancy.
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I know some people who lived off food stamps for a week as part of some program.  It was $31.50 a person for the week, so $126 for four.

by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM

What state is this lol cause this is definitely a lie for me. Im on foodstamps for me my husband and daughter we get 523.00 a month

by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM
It is doable if you use mainly dried legumes for your protein, dried milk (dairy or soy), frozen veggies & fruits in bulk, dried rice, bake bread, buy cheap PB, & look for sales for fresh variety! Good luck w/food allergies or celiac! Ramen = no nutrition, even if it is is cheap. My partner says buy eggs, but I'm not as sure. Oatmeal & cheap raisins too. Bananas are cheap fresh.

Its difficult & has no luxury to it. Its depressing IMO, & do *not* support cutting PA! And, oh how people judge you!
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by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I average $35 per week per person and I cook some pretty amazing meals.  I could easily cut back and make it on $28 per person per week.  

by Anonymous 6 on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:06 AM

we get food stamps and we get 367 a month for 3 people and thats plenty for us and i work so maybe its where you are from we def never run out of food

by Anonymous 7 on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:36 AM

Not accurate at all.. Stupid post.

by Bronze Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 2:42 AM

It depends one which part of the country you're in.  I've heard that it's closer to $50 per week in this area of southern CA.

by Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 3:01 AM


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by Bronze Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 8:21 AM
Well we are a family of 6 and only get $275 a month.

Quoting tanishagreene:

What state is this lol cause this is definitely a lie for me. Im on foodstamps for me my husband and daughter we get 523.00 a month

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