Four members of the U.S. Congress are currently taking the Food Stamp Challenge to eat for a week on $3 a day. Although we know that many on ThriftyFun can feed their families on $3 a day per person or less, it's good to see the Congress take an interest in how many Americans live.
Previous article on ThriftyFun about the governor of Oregon doing this:
I think this is a REALLY great idea! It is about time the lawmakers see how REAL people actually HAVE to live!
Sheila in Titusville
Worse yet -- very poor people in California; those who receive SSI -- cannot get food stamps, even if the SSI amount is only a few dollars a month. California is the only SSI state that does this, even though food stamps are a federal program and it costs California nothing.
good they need to give up their star bucks and try to see how to make it!!
Taking the food stamp challenge should be a requirement to be a Representative or Senator, for both State and Federal.
They also need to take required courses in frugality, taught by single Mothers on minimum wage, welfare, or others on SSI.
I agree that is is good that more Senators and Representatives of Congress are taking the challenge too. I did not know however that California SSI recipients don't get food stamps. I thought that since it is required by the Social Security Administration that if you receive SSI you get Food Stamps too. The state should be fined for every year they don't comply with SS on the Food Stamp issue with SSI. I also think that more governors need to take the challenge especially the Minnesota governor.
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