Corey Booker to begin living for a week on food stamps (SNAP)
"This morning, I will begin living on a food budget of $30 a week / $4.32 per day. This is the financial equivalent of the budget provided to people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, in the State of New Jersey.
I can't find one link to follow him daily. Anyone have a link for that?
(Yes, I did a search but search basically doesn't work.)
|by Anonymous||reply 51||12/10/2012|
Some sacrifice when he put half a million in the bank from Bain Capital. Fuck Corey Booker.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||12/04/2012|
Well it isn't like he has a wife and children to support....
|by Anonymous||reply 2||12/04/2012|
He is buying food based on the allocation for one person.
And, R1, you are SO politically radical and outspoken!
Let's get back to what it takes to feed one person per day.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||12/04/2012|
I hope they stripped his cupboards before the week started. No fair if he is using spices and expensive oils/vinegars/condiments, unless he buys them with his allotment, or steals them from a fast food place.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||12/04/2012|
Is he going to write a book, "My Year of Living on Food Stamps?" ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Anyway, it's simple. This whole day of healthy meals is only $4.22
Bfst: oats (15 cents), egg (17 cents), 1/2 banana (17 cents)
Lunch: WW pasta (43 cents), tom sauce (28 cents), salad (66 cents)
Dinner: chicken br (87 cents), br. rice ( 19 cents), broccoli (63 cents), sweet potato ( 37 cents)
Snack: popcorn (30 cents)
Beverage: tap water
|by Anonymous||reply 6||12/04/2012|
He was getting fat, so this will work out well for him.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||12/04/2012|
how much chicken breast do you get for .87?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||12/04/2012|
oats (how many? 1/3 a cup?) 1 egg and 1/2a banana... thats a decent portion size for 10 year old
|by Anonymous||reply 9||12/04/2012|
Oats are $3.60 per box before you remove that paltry portion. Eggs are about $2.00/dozen before you remove that one for your meal. Yes, you might be able to buy some of these at the beginning of the week/month but that is not realistic for most people on food stamps who don't even have access to grocery stores.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||12/04/2012|
Sorry, I forgot to provide the link where I got all the prices per serving size.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||12/04/2012|
[quote]that is not realistic for most people on food stamps who don't even have access to grocery stores.
That's a bit much. Yes, some people have trouble traveling to grocery stores. But people are on food stamps all over the place, not just in the poorest parts of town.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||12/04/2012|
No way you can get a chicken breast for 87 cents.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||12/04/2012|
half a banana? Have you ever left a half banana out for a day?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||12/04/2012|
That's a perfectly good breakfast for someone who isn't an obese glutton, R9.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||12/04/2012|
I eat half a banana all the time. I cover the rest with a small piece of foil and it's fine.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||12/04/2012|
Chicken breast on sale is $1.99/lb.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||12/04/2012|
R18 I haven't seen a price like that for chicken breasts in about 4 years.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||12/04/2012|
not where I'm from, it isn't
|by Anonymous||reply 20||12/04/2012|
It's not that hard to live on $30 per week if you are careful. In NYC you can go to Western Beef and get some inexpensive meat and use it all week.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||12/04/2012|
u should also throw in the cost of dish detergent cause hes gonna have to do his own dishes. Also toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream and disposable razors.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||12/04/2012|
I bought boneless, skinless chicken breast recently on a buy 1 get 2 free sale, which they have often, but unpredictably. It cost $10.50 but included 3 packages of chicken breast. 3 large breasts per package X 3 packages
I wrapped them all individually and froze them. They ended up being $1.65 per pound.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||12/04/2012|
r22, I don't think that's part of the $30. I think the $30 is just the food allotment. There are other sources to pay for non-food items.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||12/04/2012|
There's no money on food stamps for soap or detergent, R22. It's for food only. If you do have some cash, they have to ring up the food as one purchase using the EBT card, then you have to pay using your own money for the non-food items. If you have a job you can do it. If you are disabled and have no income, you can't buy anything at all besides food. No shampoo, soap, pencils, paper, nothing.
I had to help support a relative who was on food stamps for a couple of years. I had to pay for toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, laundry soap, everything for her. You don't realize how many non-food items there are until there's no money to pay for them. No haircuts, socks, underwear. No garbage bags. No diapers if you need them. Some of this stuff you can get from church food pantries or charity, but basically everything you own wears out and you can't get any more. I couldn't really afford it and ended up in debt trying to support her. We lived on rice and beans mostly. You get hungry otherwise. We gained weight. If Corey Booker thinks he going to live healthy, he's going to starve to death. You might be able to do it for a few days but long term? No. He needs to do it for 90 days to get the full effect, a month at least.
I had access to Costco, most food stamp users don't. Costco doesn't take food stamps. I was able to supplement the food my sister could buy at a low price. I wish they could make Costco or Sam's Club take food stamps, the prices are much cheaper and it would really help people.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||12/04/2012|
Are they really telling us that a 1/4 lb of chicken breast is "one serving."
|by Anonymous||reply 26||12/04/2012|
I lived on food stamps for more than a year after loosing my job due to some health issues and being denied unemployment.
While I think it's laudable for politicians to try and get an idea what it's like for our poorest citizens, living on a food stamp budget for a week is no big deal. Until this is your reality, you really cannot fully understand what it's like to live like this.
It's totally doable. I shopped all the sales, I cooked in bulk based on sales and I started baking. Why pay $5 for a loaf of bread when you can buy enough flour and yeast to make dozens of loaves for that much money?
I did start with a full pantry with spices, dried herbs, canned goods etc. The longer I did it, the harder it got. I found myself stocking up on crap I'd normally never buy like cans of Beefaroni on sale.
I ate a lot of pasta, stews and soups. I bought meat only on sale or at the end of the day when it got marked down for quick sale.
I learned a lot about myself during this period.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||12/04/2012|
Substitute lentil or split pea soup or bean soup for the chicken breasts; hope you have a slow cooker. You really don't need to eat all that much protein anyway. Many of our ancestors lived on potatoes and whole-grain bread, and a few vegetables or pickles, except for special holidays. Even beans with chili peppers and corn tortillas 3 x a day is healthier than how most wealthy Americans eat.
A sister's anthropology class once conducted a study. Participants were required to mimic the basic Native American diet; corn, beans, hot peppers, water, etc. All got healthier. As much as I love to eat a variety of foods, marketing in America is in over-drive.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||12/04/2012|
[quote] Are they really telling us that a 1/4 lb of chicken breast is "one serving."
Yes, that would be 4 oz (1/4 pound) and 3-4 oz of meat IS an actual serving size.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||12/04/2012|
so is that an adequate serving for 5'2" 98 lb woman or a 6'3" 190 lb man?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||12/04/2012|
[quote]Costco doesn't take food stamps.
It does now. I think Mayor Bloomberg insisted, and then all locations followed suit.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||12/04/2012|
The whole thing is clearly a publicity stunt, but when you've got asshats like Paul Ryan (and by extension Mitt) and other repugs promoting the idea that poor people get "free stuff", it's good to take a closer look at what they are really getting, which is barely enough to subsist on. While I am sure there are ways to make ends meet, a lot of poor people aren't going to have access to a Costco or Sam's Club because they live in the inner cities & rural areas and often don't have cars or access to reliable transportation. Plus, everyone laughs at the gross (and fattening) food that Honey Boo Boo's family eats - well that's eating when you're poor!
I think it's good to bring attention to this stuff, but unfortunately I think most people are too ignorant and selfish to even care.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||12/04/2012|
Perhaps if we stopped sending money to every shithole outside of the US, we would have money to feed our poor. Why are we sending money to Egypt and the Palestinians while those at home are having problems?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||12/04/2012|
When you add up all the money in the many, many hunger programs in the United States and divide by the number of people getting food assistance on one type or another, it comes to $171.44 per day, per person. So, what's happening to all that food?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||12/04/2012|
r33 there are actually very self-protective and pragmatic reasons for making sure that other parts of the world do not descend into social/political chaos and disorder.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||12/04/2012|
This is a really, really stupid idea.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||12/04/2012|
There is no way anyone on SNAP can even imagine buying a slow cooker. Or buying rice or anything in bulk to get the cost down. It is a day-by-day struggle.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||12/04/2012|
We need to get the Galloping Gourmet to weigh in on this. Hopefully, bitch won't start griping about how the BF couldn't find cardamon on Martha's Vineyard over Thanksgiving.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||12/04/2012|
R30? It's an adequate serving for a grown person, period. It's not as if a piece of meat is all that you will be having for a meal.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||12/04/2012|
r40 it is absolutely ridiculous to claim that the nutritional needs of all grown adults will be identical regardless of their physical size. Did you even graduate high school? Of course a smaller woman will require less food to fuel her body than a man who is a foot taller and 90 lbs heavier than she.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||12/05/2012|
Is this the pudgy football player on Glee that dated Rachel? I guess Hollywood actors will try any diet to drop weight. It will be good for him because food stamps doesn't let you buy beer and that's the Glee kid's reason for being a fat high school kid.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||12/07/2012|
I make just enough to live on. My standby has always been Poverty Stew: one can of Campbell's Chunky soup; one can of diced tomatoes; and I prepare rice in bulk to add to it.
That and a multivitamin will get you through the rough days.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||12/09/2012|
Can people buy soda, chips, and pretzels on SNAP?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||12/09/2012|
"Can people buy soda, chips, and pretzels on SNAP?"
|by Anonymous||reply 45||12/09/2012|
Yes, people can buy junk food on SNAP. What I don't understand is that WIC is restricted to healthy food and SNAP isn't.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||12/09/2012|
R38, it may be THEIR tax dollars as well. My son graduated from college and was only able to get a contract position initially. He paid taxes but was able to get food stamps because he made less the 1,004 a month.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||12/09/2012|
r46, the junk food lobby is powerful. The association that represents soda companies in New York ran TV ads against an extra sales tax on their products with no nutritional value. The politicians caved.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||12/09/2012|
While I agree with R27 in principle, I still believe (as I have posted elsewhere at DL) that anything involving Cory Booker smacks of a publicity stunt, the purpose of which is to further his own career agenda. (This little game of his is playing may better in the media than it is in the city of Newark.)
BTW, what are the odds of getting Governor Fat One to try living only on SNAP dollars for food as well?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||12/09/2012|
Obviously "is playing may better" should read "is playing better" if I reread my stuff before posting.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||12/09/2012|
Here's what you can buy on SNAP. Vitamins are on the "not" list. Don't they want people to be healthy?
|by Anonymous||reply 51||12/10/2012|