A few weeks back, we reported on a quick back-and-forth between the Newark chief and a follower on Twitter over governmental responsibility. It resulted in a challenge: for a week or more straight, the two would live on a SNAP budget - SNAP being the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or better known to us as food stamps. This amounts to $4.32 a day, $30 for the whole week.
As a result, the Mayor hopes to raise awareness of food justice. In the face of possible fiscal cliff auto-setbacks, states' SNAP programs have been left on the chopping board
He started the challenge this past Monday and, sticking to his social media tendencies, has kept us in the loop of everything he's eating (or, for that matter, not eating).
"For the first time, in a very long time, I am considering every meal and the cost of food I am eating... I cannot remember the last time I started the day without a cup of coffee." he writes.More »