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With the passing of the Agricultural Act of 2014, I feel it especially important to share my personal story of food insecurity. After long and painful negotiations over our nation’s agricultural and nutrition safety net programs, the Agricultural Act of 2014 has finally passed. Unfortunately, the bill included $8 billion in cuts over the next 10 years to SNAP (formerly Food Stamps). This means that 850,000 low-income households will receive fewer benefits to help them keep food on the table.

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Cory Booker, Taking 'Food Stamp' Challenge, Finds Early Hurdles

He says he's already found difficulties, including going without some items he's accustomed to, like caffeine, and that he has to plan carefully.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker has taken the challenge to live on the same food budget available to those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—the equivalent of $4.32 per day. He says he's already found difficulties, including going without some items he's accustomed to, like caffeine, and finding that if he doesn't plan very carefully, he's without food for long stretches of time during the day.

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Watch Your Mouth: What Should Food Stamps Subsidize? Should Food Stamps Pay For Junk Food?

The federal food stamp program is about alleviating poverty, not discouraging obesity, so farmers' markets or fatty snacks are both fair game.


Correction appended

In the spring of 1961, Alderson Muncy, a miner from West Virginia, traveled 22 miles to a grocery store where the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture awaited his arrival with a television crew and $95 in food stamps. The food allowance would need to cover meals for the jobless man, his wife, and their 13 children for a month. As Muncy loaded up his Jeep for the trip home, The New York Times reported that he had a shopping cart full of groceries “prominently including vanilla wafers and two boxes of cake mix.”

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