Newark Mayor Cory Booker is currently doing the SNAP Challenge, wherein he is spending this week living on the same amount of money for food as food stamp folks.
Some critics of SNAP say that people get on the program and stay because it’s cushy and comfortable. Booker’s public experience is to show how difficult it truly is to subsist on just about $4 a day.
Below are some of his thoughts from his 3rd day of the challenge:
“My third day on the #SNAPChallenge was by far the toughest. Today, I was in motion and at meetings all day. My crazy schedule required that I prepare all of my food in the morning to enable me to eat on the go.
“In addition to preparing and packaging my meals, I realized early this morning that I am eating too much food per meal. If I do not cut back the amount I am eating at each meal, I will run out of food before the #SNAPChallenge is over.
“In the days ahead I am now going to eat smaller portion sizes. I decided to eat my dinner of peas, black beans, cauliflower and broccoli in small bites between 3pm and 7pm in between meetings and calls hoping that would allay some of the hunger pains I felt yesterday. This actually worked and something I might try again tomorrow.”