Would you believe -- there's a mayor on food stamps? Well there isn't, that we know of. But there is a mayor who's willing to live like he's on food stamps. Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey has started a "food stamp challenge." For one week he will spend only $30 on groceries, nearly the equivalent of what New Jersey residents get if they qualify for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
No eating out for Mayor Booker, that's cheating. And no meat, either -- he's a vegetarian. So the big question is: What is he eating? I think it might actually be easier to eat for $30 a week if you're avoiding meat.
Well, clearly a lot of beans are in Cory's future. Today he bought some, along with corn and an apple. Politico.com posted a menu for him, but it included meat. Hello, vegetarian! Booker also tweeted that coffee is not in the budget. (I love how someone offered him advice on how to get free coffee.) But back to breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- here are some helpful resources Mayor Booker could turn to for menus and recipes.
- Food Stamp Vegan has lots of recipes and ideas.
- Skinny Bitch author Rory Freedman did a vegan food stamp challenge this summer.
- And here's a vegetarian-based menu plan for people on food stamps.
- Advice on living on food stamps -- or on a tight budget -- from Savvy Vegetarian.
- Seven cheap vegetarian recipes from FoodStamps.org.
You can see Cory Booker's grocery store receipts on his Facebook page. I think he's just about hit his limit! Good luck to Mayor Booker and anyone else on the SNAP challenge -- for the week and in real life.
Have you ever lived on food stamps/SNAP? How did you make it nutritious?
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