Cory Booker challenges tweeter to live on foodstamps

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY,  |  Nov. 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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Cory Booker and one of his Twitter followers have agreed to participate in a week-long challenge to live off of food stamps.

The Newark mayor and the tweeter, a 39-year-old mother from North Carolina, have agreed to take part in an attempt to eat only what they can purchase using the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (or SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps.

The plan is set to go down December 4 through 11, and Booker plans to document his efforts on various social media platforms.

According to the USDA, more than 47 million Americans rely on food stamps--a benefit of $133 a month per person--a number that has grown since the start of the 2008 economic crisis.

Like many of Booker's exploits, it began with a tweet.

In the back and forth that followed, Booker fielded accusations of an intent to redistribute wealth.

One tweeter, @MWadeNC, a self-described "Daughter of the American Revolution... Army Veteran, Army Daughter, Army wife," reportedly replied, "nutrition is not a responsibility of the government."

"why is there a family today that is "too poor to afford breakfast"? are they not already receiving food stamps?" she replied (tweet protected).

The mayor reportedly saw this as a potential teaching moment.

She replied "sure, Mayor, I'm game," and the #SNAPChallenge was born.

Others on Twitter suggested the two try to make the challenge as authentic as possible, clearing out their cupboards and only purchasing food from stores accessible to public transportation.

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