The shocking conclusion, so far? $21 worth of stamps a week doesn't add up to much, and it's "almost impossible" to maintain a healthy diet for $1 a meal (huh, wonder why America's poor suffer obesity in such great numbers?).
My biggest concern today is running out of food before the end of the week.Link to Washington Post story (thanks, Rebecca).
One loaf of bread doesn’t make as many sandwiches as you’d think, and I’m running through my cottage cheese pretty fast as well.
The budgeting was hard enough, rationing what I do have will present another challenge.
Reader comment: Stephan says,
These Congressmen aren't the first politicians to think of living off food stamps for a week. Governor Ted Kulongoski of Oregon spent his own week eating for only $21 less than a month ago. Take your choice of links.Chris says, More examples of (this time UK) politicians dipping their toe in the pool of real life in a phony attempt to get credibility.
In 1993 UK politician Michael Portillo lived like a 'single mom' on £80 a week.Nick says,
And David Cameron (leader of opposition Conservatives) has just finished living with a Muslim family in Birmingham for a week, and being a teaching assistant for a couple of days: Link.
Michael Pollan did a great job explaining why the poor suffer from obesity in the April 22 NY Times Magazine - it's because crap like Twinkies is cheap. And Twinkies are cheap because of the U.S. farm bill, which subsidizes Twinkie ingredients, but not things like fresh veggies. Pollan's article is lucid and illuminating. Link.