Newark Mayor Cory Booker's $30 Food Stamp Budget Makes Haters Look Like Selfish Whiners

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Cory Booker food stampsCory Booker is the mayor of Newark, New Jersey and one of the most popular politicians in the country. Now, he is living on food stamps. But relax, you people who love to hate on food stamps and who claim those who use them "take advantage" and live high on the hog. This challenge is part of proving just how little food stamps really buy.

The whole thing started when Booker got into it on Twitter over the necessity of social programs like food stamps. Booker said: "An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics" and "We pay 4 HUGE back end govt programs: prisons, police, etc. If we invested in Schools, nutrition, etc we’d save $ & create wealth."

He then received this tweet from an army wife in North Carolina: "Nutrition is not a responsibility of the government." It was on. Booker challenged them both to feed a family of four for a week on only food stamps.

It's kind of an amazing thing for a mayor to do, most especially because living on a "food stamp budget" is not exactly luxurious. From December 3 until December 12, Booker is living on $29.78 per week, which is actually MORE than the $28 per week people on food stamps receive. Oh yes, that's what all these jerks are whining about. Twenty-EIGHT dollars a week. I am sorry, but seriously?

I also have a family of four, and granted, we eat very healthy and shop at Whole Foods, which tends to cost a bit more. But our weekly grocery bill hovers somewhere close to $250 a week, if not more. And that is on a week where we get take-out at least once as well. In our family and in our city, $28 might buy a carton of milk, some eggs, and a few apples and forget it if you have any dietary restrictions.

Booker shared his first food stamp receipt, which included beans, whole corn, and a red delicious apple (Booker is a vegetarian), but the reality is that he is going to be hungry. As one Twitter follower told him: "Dont let yourself get dehydrated! Drink lots of water, you have no fluids on here."

I am sorry, but WTF is wrong with people? This is what they have been whining and bitching about when it comes to benefits?

"There’s no way you could eat nutritious food," said Rucha Gadre, director of Food Bank Services at Mercer Street Friends, put it. Poor nutrition taxes our health care system and may even lead to more crime and harm the economy even more. All this over $30 a week? Really?

I have to admit, I never looked into food stamps all that deeply. I believe hungry people should be fed and that's that, so what the amount was never really concerned me. But $28 is paltry. It's nothing to feed a whole family. Sure, one could assume most people are supplementing that with a little more money from their jobs (they would have to be!), but eating healthy foods on that little money isn't really an option.

As a heavy taxpayer who is also concerned about the fiscal cliff negotiations, I still say that cutting social programs is just not an option. I am sorry. But it isn't. I would rather figure out a way to cut $28 a week out of my OWN grocery bill than take food stamps away from someone who needs them far more than I. Anyone who feels differently ought to open their heart a little and stop whining. In a country as rich as ours, NO ONE should be hungry.

Good for Booker for shining a light on just how little money food stamps really gives.

Did you know food stamps only covered $28 a week?


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bills... billsfan1104

Funny how this author acts like a family only get 28 dollars a week for food.

nonmember avatar Kristi

Well said gem092011, but be careful. They are not too fond of facts 'round here.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Just when I think everyone is a bleeding heart irrational lunatic...........then I read the comments here. Ah, thank the Lord for smart people left in the world.

Gem - I just love u!!

gem09... gem092011

It's not funny, Bills, it's ridiculous. And the really sad part is that there many, many uneducated people out there who will read biased garbage like this and believe it without doing their own research. (I think the results of Nov. 6th, 2012 proved what an uninformed electorate we have.)

Flori... Floridamom96

Yep. What HockeyMom said! It's very heartening!

gem09... gem092011

Lol! Back at ya, HockeyMom!

Flori... Floridamom96

You know what, though, Gem? They are willfully ignorant. They've chosen to be dependent on what others say for all their information. I mean, look at Sasha. The extent of her evidence for her claims appears to be twitter. How can anyone take this seriously?

Logan... LoganTroyMom

28$?? in nys, it's 200$ for a single person. my fam of 3 gets 700$.

nonmember avatar ajc

My family of 5 gets $250 in GA. And we more often than not are struggling by mid month.

music... musicgirl77

I have NO problem with helping people to eat. But if these people are unemployed, are they TRYING to get a job? Really? And use it for food...not cigarettes, not liquor. Whole foods will go further than processed stuff, even tho processed is "cheaper". There are food banks all over trying to help those in need. Often, churches have means to help. And don't complain about what you aren't getting if you crawl into a nice car or have a fancy phone with all the bells and whistles! Food stamps and such aren't meant to exist for a prolonged period of time. Its meant to help out until you get on your feet. Granted, these days, finding employment is tough. But if we could get rid of those sucking down the system with NO intentions of bettering themselves, it could help those truly in need alot more!

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