Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Living on Food Stamps for a week

House Representatives Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) spent this week attempting to live on food stamps. This was part of an effort to illustrate their quest for an increase in food stamp funding. They are all co-sponsors of H.R.2129, "To strengthen the Food Stamp Act of 1977. "

Want to read about their varying levels of success eating on $3 a day? They started a blog where they link to articles on the experience as well as discuss the hardships. (Rep. Ryan had his peanut butter and jam confiscated at airport security and had only cornflakes for the last day.)

Interested in knowing more about food assistance? Food assistance is provided by the Department of Agriculture, here is their web page on Nutrition Assistance Programs.

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