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.