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Do those who recieve FS really get 4.50 a day?

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Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich is very hungry. "I can't stop thinking about food," he wrote on his LinkedIn blog yesterday. That's because he was on day 4 of a week-long challenge to eat on just $4.50 per day. He's doing it to raise awareness of how people on food stamps live: That's how much a person on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program receives, Shaich explains.

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His SNAP Challenge comes during Hunger Action Month—and it also comes as the House is set to discuss this week a proposal that could see SNAP funding cut by $40 billion over the next 10 years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Shaich did all his shopping for the week on a $31.50 budget. He's trying to eat as healthily as possible, but was forced to rely on carb-heavy foods and couldn't afford many fruits and vegetables, he writes. By yesterday, his thoughts were "consumed by food," he continues.

"When is my next meal? How much food is left in my cabinet? Will it get me through the week? What should I spend my remaining few dollars on? What would I eat if I had no budget at all?"

Joining Shaich in the challenge is Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken. Cory Booker undertook a similar challenge last year, spending just $29.78 for a week's worth of food.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/17/newser-panera-ceo-food-stamps/2826547/

 

I dont know the exact amt some people I know get in FS each month, but I swear I think its more than that! So, if you recieve FS, does it average out to 4.50 a day (and I am guessing per person who recieves them)?

by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM
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Jadesmommy13
by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:53 PM
I really have thought about it, but I can't do that to my niece and nephews, it would hurt them them the most.


Quoting Junebaby18:

Quoting Jadesmommy13:

The thing that irritates me the most is her and her husband work.... Under the table. Which is bull shit! She gets her apartment rent paid for and free childcare and fs..... WTF! She is taking advantage of the system.





Quoting jadedcynic:

That's only 4.40 per person per day.

Quoting Jadesmommy13:My sister has 6 people in her family and she gets almost $800 a month.... Which is crazy to me! I'm not sure about the exact amount, but it's pretty high.







REPORT HER!

Saharra
by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM
We get $2.59/person/day. It's tight. Lots of pasta and sandwiches.
SerenityRose
by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM
$4.50 per day is actually a lot! That would be $540 per month for my family of 4. We do not get food stamps but I would be in heaven with that much to spend!!
mom22boys333
by Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM

We get $200 mo for 4 people....not sure what that is per person per day.

Mommylovesdada
by Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM
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I was thinking the same! That would be over $600 for my family which would more than cover our groceries for a month. I wouldn't need it as a supplement! Add in the fact that those who get Fs qualify for wic and free lunch and my family would be eating well. Its all in how you eat.


Quoting SerenityRose:

$4.50 per day is actually a lot! That would be $540 per month for my family of 4. We do not get food stamps but I would be in heaven with that much to spend!!

working-girl
by Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

If a family of 4 cannot somehow or another survive on more than $550 a month for groceries, then they are not budgeting very well.

working-girl
by Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program... key word is 'Supplemental'.

Definition = "Something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend or strengthen the whole."

In other words, SNAP is meant to accompany the money contributed BY the recipient. It is not intended to cover the entire monthly grocery bill.

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bordenmomof3
by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM
I just did the math from when we were on it and we were getting 4.73 a day for a family of five.
bordenmomof3
by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM
We were only getting 144 a month.


Quoting bordenmomof3:

I just did the math from when we were on it and we were getting 4.73 a day for a family of five.

working-girl
by Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

 

Per person? That's more than $700 a month! Geeze... and dude from Panera cannot live on that? lol!!!!! Well, he is an executive who lives the high life and probably used to eating filet and lobster daily... for BREAKFAST! haha! So, I guess it's no surprise he's "starving"

Quoting bordenmomof3:

I just did the math from when we were on it and we were getting 4.73 a day for a family of five.


 

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