Cory Booker recently had a conversation on Twitter with a lady from North Carolina about free meals at schools and food stamp programs. A challenge came from this conversation that Booker and the North Carolina woman would try to live on a food stamp allowance for a week. The federal food stamp program is called SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Hence, the SNAP Challenge is born.
My only qualm here comes right from the name. It’s supposed to be SUPPLEMENTAL assistance, not all the money you’ll need to feed your family. So, trying to live off the allowance that you get from the program isn’t what it’s intended for, really. But, I can see past that and see the good that could come from trying to understand what it’s like for a family who’s trying to live on the income that is low enough to meet the eligibility requirements for SNAP. So, I made up an income for Ed and myself and plugged our numbers into the NJOneApp.gov website to find out what we’d qualify for. I knew you had to make less than $2000 a month so I said that we made $1900. The rest of the questions I answered for real, including rent and utilities information. After it crunched our numbers, the website said we’d qualify for about $59 a week in SNAP benefits. We’ve now got our grocery limit!
I’ll be planning my shopping trip on Saturday and we’re heading to ShopRite on Sunday so stayed tuned for more developments!
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