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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  • The folks that need it, can’t get it because the ones that don’t need it have it and abuse the hell out of it. I-phones, nails done, hair done, michael kors and coach bags, wallets and to top it off the nastiest attitudes. I work in a pharmacy, I’ve seen it all and heard it all. Trips to Vegas and the bahamas, but nobody works. Some of them even use ebt cards like a debit card. The problem is that there isn’t a place or number to report these scumbags. One owns a magazine company, another owns a Carvel, etc etc. Just sicking.

  • bits

    i think the main issue here is the quality of food that can put (or can’t purchased) with just $33/week. It is a very limiting amount and the average person can only purchase foods that are high in fat, salt, starches etc on such a low budget. for someone to eat healthy for a week the amount needs to hiked to at least $40-$45/week.

    • Cut down on EBT fraud

      • If you believe you have witnessed fraud, just do a simple google search for food stamp programs in your county. There are hotlines for exactly this purpose.

  • Sunny

    As a 25 y o post grad living on my own I live on something like 35 dollars a week for food groceries…I mean, it’s not that hard. Now I don’t have any kids or anything like that but, for just me, 35 dollars a week is fine.