This year, Cory Booker decided to follow our example and do it as well, right after he gets his fill of his mamma's cornbread stuffing.
It wasn't easy staying on a $60 budget (for the 2 of us), but aside from the difficulty getting enough fruits and vegetables, it wasn't that painful. HOWEVER... I do have some nutritional knowledge (my dad wrote a nutritional diet book back in the '90s); it would be a lot harder for someone who didn't know to get the pasta that contains a serving of vegetables, etc. AND since I had transportation to a discount supermarket I was able to get more for my money.
Three things I'm looking forward to seeing with Mr. Booker's challenge:
- How he stays vegetarian (I see lots of rice and beans) on the imaginary SNAP funds.
- If he will have a nutritionist to show that his diet is on line with the government's current dietary recommendations
- How he will obtain the food from his residence's neighborhood (since many on SNAP do not have transportation and have to rely on local bodegas).