How's Living On $4.32 A Day? Mayor Cory Booker Finds Out

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.

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City Opposes Cuomo's Move to End Fingerprinting for Food Stamps, But Can't Do Much About it

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Sam Levin
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Mike Bloomberg at a press conference.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he is ending a controversial policy that requires food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted -- a move that has pitted him squarely against Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The news today is also one that puts Bloomberg in direct opposition with City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn (and a handful of other local politicians).

At the center of the debate is the policy that requires all food stamp applications and recipients in New York State to be fingerprinted, which the governor, along with a group of advocates, says creates a stigma around receiving welfare, slows down the process, and creates barriers to reducing hunger. But Bloomberg, who butted heads with Cuomo on the policy back in January, has repeatedly defended fingerprinting, arguing that it stops New Yorkers from abusing the benefits and saves the city millions of dollars by stopping fraudulent recipients.

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