This week, Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker is living off the equivalent of what a single person in New Jersey receives in food stamps — about $4 a day.
Booker announced his challenge after engaging in a Twitter back and forth last month. He kicked off his week of eating on the cheap Tuesday to a flurry of media activity. A photo from Booker’s Flickr page shows the items he purchased include canned foods, apples, bagged lettuce and sweet potatoes.
While there are criticisms that the challenge is a publicity stunt, Booker argued there was a bigger purpose. He wants to “shine light on programs like this and dispel stereotypes that exist.”
You can track his progress on Twitter by following #SNAPChallenge.
Congress is considering $16 billion in cuts to food stamps, also called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).