Tuesday, May 22, 2007


As you've probably heard, four Congress folk took the challenge of trying to live on $21 worth of food for a week - the amount in food stamps for a family. Two recorded their experiments on blogs, Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Jim McGovern (D-MA). They've done a good job of showing just how ridiculous it is that we expect families to survive like this. The comments are interesting - everything from the knee-jerk jerks (those people should get a job) to people who are, or have been, living on food stamps sharing their stories. And a few sharing tricks of the trade on surviving and buying a week's worth of food for $21.

Something to think about as you pay for that $4 coffee at Starbucks, your take out lunch and pizza delivery. Did you just spend in 1 day what they had to last a week? I know I have.


Blogger TomCat said...

because I have been out of work due to illness and living on savings for sic months, I understand, what it is to stretch one lb. of ground beef into meals for an entire week. I'm glad they tried, but it's not the same, because they knew that they could pop into a fine restaurant and pig out at any time.

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