Food Stamp Challenge Clarification
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Okay I just want to clarify that the Food Stamp Challenge posts that I’m writing are not geared towards people who are actually in the SNAP program. People who are in the SNAP program have many challenges in their lives and generally have a tough hill to climb. They are doing the best they can in the midst of difficult circumstances.
The posts I’m writing about shopping for less are for the people who were pretending for a week to be part of the program, in an effort to experience what poverty is like.
I believe that the amount of money they had to work with ($31.50 for the week) is perfectly adequate for a healthy, gainfully employed person with a functioning kitchen and a car to eat well without much effort.
Not everyone in the SNAP program is healthy or has reliable transportation or a functioning kitchen. I recognize that and, as I just said, that’s not who I’m writing for.
I don’t think it’s possible to experience poverty by trying to eat for $31.50 a week. No matter what happens with your food this week, you are not poor. You have an education and an income and a safe place to live.
For whatever reason, these kinds of projects get under my skin. And I feel compelled to explain how you can eat for $31.50 a week.
So that’s what I’m doing.