Twitter-Initiated Food Stamp Challenge Is Happening Next Week

Think you could live off of food stamps for a week? Think anybody should? (Take that however you want.)

Regardless of how you approach the program, whether for it or against it, most people would agree that the amount folks get on food stamps is too low to live on each month.

And in case you didn’t know that $133 month for food was likely insufficient to live on, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker plans to get a TON of PR for himself by driving home this fairly obvious fact.

New Jersey’s celebrity-style mayor made news earlier this year for running into a burning building and saving a neighbor. And he’s pretty popular outside of that – particularly on Twitter where he has more than a million followers.

This #SNAPChallenge will certainly draw attention to the plight of people depending on food stamps, but hopefully that attention isn’t fleeting and the end result isn’t left at just “wow, Booker’s a great guy, isn’t he?”

That’s the problem with these food stamp challenges. Politicians have done these quite a few times now and there’s yet to be any major reform.

ABC News reports that “Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady lived on food stamps for a week earlier this year, and the mayors of Las Vegas and Phoenix, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the former governor of Oregon all did so within the past few years.”

Most participated in the “Food Stamp Challenge,” a program from the nonprofit Food Research and Action Center that gives out tools to help organizations and individuals live on a food stamp budget, typically for a week. It even developed a how-to-guide for members of Congress, which includes testimonials from eight politicians.

So, there’s a “how-to play poor” guide, but not a “how to fix this” guide? Interesting use of funds there.

What does this have to do with Twitter?

That’s where this whole Booker-initiated challenge started. A woman tweeted to him that “nutrition is not the responsibility of the government.” That exchange somehow morphed into this PR-laden challenge.

Hey, Booker seems to get stuff done though, so maybe he deserves as much attention as Lady Gaga?

Will you be taking the #SNAPChallenge next week? Let us know how it goes!

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@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.