Congress Members Take Food Stamp Challenge to Protest Farm Bill Changes
To protest these cuts, 26 members of Congress (all Democrats) announced they will try living off $4.50 worth of food per day, for one week.
Representative Barbara Lee of California, who's taking the SNAP challenge, chronicled her shopping trip with a blog post. Before the rise of her political career, Lee used to receive food stamps for her and her sons as a single mother. Without public assistance, "I wouldn't be where I am today," Lee said.
"I spent hours debating what to buy and what to skip, all the while keeping my sons in my mind. I could go without breakfast; my sons couldn't. I went through the grocery store today thinking about what I wanted, not what my sons would eat, but that wasn't always the case," Lee wrote.
Check out some of the legislators' SNAP challenge struggles, with a little over $30 to spend for a week, on Twitter.