Cory Booker Documents Food Stamp Challenge on Social Media

December 5, 2012  |  

Mayor Booker with Sandy relief recipients in Newark. AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Well, it’s here. This week, Newark, NJ Major Cory Booker is living on food stamps. Booker went grocery shopping over the weekend and spent $29.78 on food, including apples, corn, and beans.

The challenge came about after a conversation with a follower on Twitter, when Booker challenged @MWadeNC and himself to live on $33 for a week’s worth of food. In New Jersey, the average monthly food stamp allocation was $133.26 per person, or about $33 a week. It all started yesterday following a weekend shopping trip with Newark’s Food Policy Director Elizabeth Reynoso. It ends on the 11th.

Tagged the #SNAPChallenge (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), people can weigh on the Mayor’s experience online and via social media. @FeedAmerica, the Twitter account for the nonprofit organization has tweeted: “Thks @CoryBooker for raising #SNAP (food stamp) awareness thru your #SNAPchallenge! Looking forward to following along!”

Booker is documenting the challenge on his social media accounts, including tweeting his Pathmark receipt, blogging about the challenge on LinkedIn, and posting a picture of his breakfast on Instagram. He also posted this video with his thoughts after day one. It will be interesting to see and hear his experience for the week, and hopefully it will make an impact.

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