SNAP CHANLLENGE 5 congressmen live on $4.50 a day (VIDEO)

They’re calling it the SNAP Challenge, and nearly 30 members of Congress have taken it on. The idea is to walk a mile in the shoes of an American living on SNAP (Supplemental Nurtrition Assistance Program), the program that’s replaced food stamps. People on the program have a budget of about $4.50/day for food, or $1.50 a meal. 

Last Thursday, a farm bill failed to pass the House of Representatives, in large part due to proposed $20 billion of cuts to SNAP over the next 10 years that were in that bill. 

NowThis News talked to a group of Congressmembers, who spoke about how difficult it was — pointing out that the least expensive food is often the least nutritious, but also that it’s sometimes difficult to keep from being hungry on that budget. A number also point out that they couldn’t afford, and really missed, their morning cups of coffee.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker took the challenge last year, as have a number of other politicians and celebrities.


The majority of people doing a food stamp challenge, though, don’t bring that knowledge to the project, don’t know what it’s like to live on $4.50 of food a day as something other than an experiment, or what it’s like to not have a grocery store conveniently close by. (I didn’t.) But it’s at least an attempt to understand—an attempt House Republicans apparently aren’t interested in making, because who wants to muck around with empathy when you could just be making cuts?

Continue reading for a full list of House members doing the SNAP challenge.
Congressman John Carney (D, DE)
Congressman Matthew Cartwright (D, PA-17)
Congressman Jim Crowley (D, NY-14)
Congressman Peter DeFazio (D, OR-04)
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01)
Congressman Theodore Deutch (D, FL-21)
Congressman Keith Ellison (D, MN-05)
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D, NM-01)
Congressman Hank Johnson (D, GA-04)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC)
Congressman Jared Huffman (D, CA-02)
Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D, IL-02)
Congressman Daniel Kildee (D, MI-05)
Congresswoman Ann Kuster (D, NH-02)
Congressman James Langevin (D, RI-02)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D, CA-13)
Congressman Sander Levin (D, MI-09)
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D, CA-06)
Congressman Jim McGovern (D, MA-02)
Congressman Richard Nolan (D, MN-08)
Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D, TX-16)
Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (D, NJ-10)
Congressman Mark Pocan (D, WI-02)
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D, IL-09)
Congressman Marc Veasey (D, TX-33)
Congressman Melvin Watt (D, NC-12)

ORIGINALLY POSTED TO LAURA CLAWSON ON THU JUN 13, 2013 AT 11:47 AM PDT.

ALSO REPUBLISHED BY HUNGER IN AMERICADAILY KOS ECONOMICS, AND DAILY KOS.

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