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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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GertieK
by Silver Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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An acquaintance, her 3 kids and her husband (who hasn't bothered to look for a job in over 2 years - and has turned down several offers because he lives better on the dole than working) - get over $600, plus WIC for the 3 kids/her.  Her total food budget is well over $850/month.  That is insane - even she says it is way too much, but heaven knows, not gonna give it up.  Too easy to stay where they are.  How long can we keep doing this?  This country needs jobs.  People like this guy need to be booted out of their cozy little nest and told to take the job offer and get busy earning a living.  Their total income, with all of their assistance, is WAY more than I make working 1 full time and 1 part time job.  Can no one understand that while these things are important for a portion of our population, it has become a HUGE problem because the job market is being slaughtered by the government, and there is a large portion of folks who are abusing the whole system.  It is just their nature to take advantage of the easy way.   It is time to restore the job market, and quit killing small businesses, put people back to work, and get them back to remembering what it is like to hold a job and earn their own living.  It is like the concept of living honorably and independently, has been made to seem stupid.  For some reason, people seem to think it is the government's job to relieve all pain and suffering from everyone's life.  It can't be done.  Now, we are about to plunge into a recession like you have never seen before.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 6, 2012 at 9:32 AM
This is what is wrong here. Govt makes it too easy to be lazy as shit now.


Quoting GertieK:

An acquaintance, her 3 kids and her husband (who hasn't bothered to look for a job in over 2 years - and has turned down several offers because he lives better on the dole than working) - get over $600, plus WIC for the 3 kids/her.  Her total food budget is well over $850/month.  That is insane - even she says it is way too much, but heaven knows, not gonna give it up.  Too easy to stay where they are.  How long can we keep doing this?  This country needs jobs.  People like this guy need to be booted out of their cozy little nest and told to take the job offer and get busy earning a living.  Their total income, with all of their assistance, is WAY more than I make working 1 full time and 1 part time job.  Can no one understand that while these things are important for a portion of our population, it has become a HUGE problem because the job market is being slaughtered by the government, and there is a large portion of folks who are abusing the whole system.  It is just their nature to take advantage of the easy way.   It is time to restore the job market, and quit killing small businesses, put people back to work, and get them back to remembering what it is like to hold a job and earn their own living.  It is like the concept of living honorably and independently, has been made to seem stupid.  For some reason, people seem to think it is the government's job to relieve all pain and suffering from everyone's life.  It can't be done.  Now, we are about to plunge into a recession like you have never seen before.


GertieK
by Silver Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM
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These "compensations" were a form of bribery.  This administration was elected because people want their stuff.  They want what they can get for themselves, and really do not care where it comes from.  This whole "fiscal cliff" business is insane.  we are about to lose our butts, because the dems want to punish those that are actually able to hang in there, and that produce jobs, while cutting NO spending.  Entitlements  have gotten so far out of control it is insane.  No one, not a household and not a business can survive by spending money like a drunken sailor without bothering to set a budget, cut out all except the absolute essentials, work their butt off, and stick to it until everything is back on track.  Expecting only the succesful to continue to pay for everything, is wrong.  The term "fair share" is being tossed around everywhere, but if everyone paid their fair share, we wouldn't be in this situation.  If you pay no taxes, you are not paying your fair share.  If you do not work, do not contribute - but are being suppoprted by everone else - you are NOT paying your fair share.  People are screaming about making the successful pay their "fair share", without even bothering to admit that they already pay most of the taxes as it is.  PLUS, this taxing the rich will not even put a teeny tiny dent in the deficit - but WILL bankrup small businesses, run them off, run more wealthy off to other countries, and we will be left with even less to work with than we had before.  The government cannot run anything without destroying it - and the words everyone really should fear are:  "I am from the government, and I am here to help".

GertieK
by Silver Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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A 6th grade class was talking about elections, and the government, and the teacher decided that the best way to learn would be to participate in a class election.  They all got together, and after a while the class came up with two nominees for class president.  One was a guy named Tommy, and the other a girl named Mary.  The class allowed 3 weeks for campaigning.  On the day of the election, each kid was allowed 3 minutes to speak to the class and convince them as to why they would be the best nominee.  Tommy went first.  He had prepared a speech that spoke about several things in the classroom that he wanted to change.  He had thought out how each change could be made, and what it would mean to the class.  The kids all applauded enthusiatically.  Next Mary got up to speak.  all she said was, "If you elect me, I will give you ice cream!"  The class went wild..  The teacher asked Mary if she had plans as to who would buy the ice cream.  MAry had no answer.  The class didn't care, they just wanted ice cream.  Mary won. 

That is what happened Nov. 6, 2012.  People want ice cream.  They don't care who pays for it, as long as it isn't them.

eevers55
by Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM

mine is $20 a week per person. $60 a week. We manage it, but I spend an entire day meal planning, looking through the store ads online, and my husband stops by the store the day before shopping to get the weekly ad for any coupons. Yesterday we went shopping and saved $30 with sales, coupons, and buying generic. Eating healthy can be done, but most whiners dont want to take the time to think about it, and I've seen people buy junk food and salty crap and say it's because they can't afford health food. Ummm, last time I checked, I couldn't afford chips and snacks with food stamps because they're too expensive and not a priority.

tanishagreene
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

sorry to hear that its definitely city specific

Quoting fullxbusymom:

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


smartmommy1050
by Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM
This is what I am currently trying to survive off of. My boys were both diagnosed with multiple food allergies including dairy and gluten. Buying the foods they can have - and I am talking gf flour etc to try and cut costs by making stuff myself - is killing me. We are down to just over $200 left and the card doesn't refill until January 3 :( I have no clue what to do.


Quoting Anonymous:

$526/mo for family of 3 with no income=$43.83/wk per person.

Not accurate, but still a ridiculous amount. 


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MommaGreenhalge
by Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM
We get $795 per month for a family of five, which comes out to $38 per person per week. Which is more than enough, especially considering one of those people is almost exclusively breastfed. *ETA* before any of you starts in on me, I just got a promotion and my DH just got a job after looking for avery long time and applying everywhere he possibly could. we won't be using foodstamps very much longer, thank God. But we'll still have to have medicaid for the kids and childcare assistance.
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crazymommy2007
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:08 PM
Each state varies too. I have a friend who recieves around $105 per week for her and her two kids. Here in California its enough to feed them. Most of the time, there are some weeks where they eat at my place because they were short a meal or two per month.
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TheIrishDuckie
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Try cutting out breads. We are now GF and instead of traditional pancakes I make egg pancakes. Sure they have an eggy taste but are good with syrup and have a pancake texture! We also buy different kinds of flour and make an all purpose flour mix, MUCH cheaper than the premade boxed kind. Also make our own bread when we do eat it. Cheaper than $5 a loaf!

Quoting smartmommy1050:

This is what I am currently trying to survive off of. My boys were both diagnosed with multiple food allergies including dairy and gluten. Buying the foods they can have - and I am talking gf flour etc to try and cut costs by making stuff myself - is killing me. We are down to just over $200 left and the card doesn't refill until January 3 :( I have no clue what to do.


Quoting Anonymous:

$526/mo for family of 3 with no income=$43.83/wk per person.

Not accurate, but still a ridiculous amount. 



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