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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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witchybabymomma
by Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:27 PM

 I don't know what state they are in but in Missouri a family of 3 even with no income doesn't get that much

Quoting Anonymous:

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

Not accurate, but still a ridiculous amount. 

 

northernmommy
by Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

my family of 5 recieves $279 a month in food stamps. thats $55.80 a month per person. i squeeze out just enough food to feed us on that with WIC.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I make less than. $1000 a month and pay all bills for my son and I, we no longer qualify because according to the Federal govt I make too much. Yea right. I barely make it paycheck to paycheck and most times I don't make it. Healthy foods are a treat because processed foods are cheaper. If it wasn't for my parents, we'd have no food.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 7, 2012 at 7:47 AM
You need to do a wee bit of effort in research. Do you get all your "facts" from the Internet? Or do you have a political agenda?
TinaNicu
by Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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Amen sista!


Quoting GertieK:

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".


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Shopsha0911
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Illinois they get about $50 per person per week plus a free cell phone. There are people leaving jail that get these benefits. I have seen this used inappropriately, the people buy groceries for other people and then take cash from these people to buy DRUGS. This is not an exagerated I have seen this happen. Why is the government giving cell phones to drug addicts in the first place. 

I feed a family of four and spend $50 or less per person  per week, everything is fresh we do not buy any processed food other than an occassional lunch meat. At $50 per week this is do-able.  

Sorry to rant this just really pisses me off!

LoveMyLos
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 8:20 AM
Stupid..inaccurate...
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audreesmama
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM
That's not a state-based number. That's the national maximum, from the USDA.

http://www.massresources.org/snap-benefits.html


Quoting witchybabymomma:

 I don't know what state they are in but in Missouri a family of 3 even with no income doesn't get that much


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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witchybabymomma
by Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

 So states are not required to follow it??? I know Missouri doesn't give that much. Unless you have to have no income as well as super high living expenses.

Quoting audreesmama:

That's not a state-based number. That's the national maximum, from the USDA.

http://www.massresources.org/snap-benefits.html


Quoting witchybabymomma:

 I don't know what state they are in but in Missouri a family of 3 even with no income doesn't get that much


Quoting Anonymous:


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


Not accurate, but still a ridiculous amount. 


 


 

HaileysMom07180
by Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

My dh and I get food stamps and we get a bunch, definately more than we necessarily need, granted before we got food stamps we were living on $15 a week for food (if we were lucky) so maybe we just got used to spending light.

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