Mayor Cory Booker begins food stamp challenge, is full of beans (and yams)

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker has embraced social media perhaps more than any other political figure outside of Barack Obama, so it’s not to surprising to see him posting pictures of his lunch on Instagram. No latte art this week, though; Booker is kicking off his week on the SNAP Challenge, limiting his food budget for the week to the equivalent of New Jersey’s food stamp allocation.

Here’s Booker’s receipt for $29.78, along with a photo of his bean-heavy haul.

As others have pointed out, the “S” in SNAP stands for supplemental, and food stamps would likely be combined with other benefits. That doesn’t seem to matter, though, if the point is to advocate for more money for social programs. And as Booker himself said, he considers things like school and nutrition an investment that creates wealth. Maybe that’s what this woman means by “food justice”?

Whatever else Booker might learn this week, he must notice just how much of an interest other people have in what goes into his body.

As much adulation as Booker is getting for his effort, is he doing enough?

We? Who’s we, and how are they going to end “nutrition deserts”?

The SNAP challenge is getting a lot of traction of Twitter. So, what exactly is the end game here?

  • Tony0920

    Morally defunct SOB challenged my pal @twitwit just for show. She is living it out for #Realism.

    • TwitWit

      aw thanks, Tony =D I’m just keeping it real.. *chest thumps*

      • Tony0920

        Hells yeah. Never a doubt, my friend.

  • carla5731

    Why is this such a big deal to Cory Booker? Didn’t we all go through this at one time or another, except most of us paid for the food with our own money (like the last tweet above)?

    I certainly am surprised at how many well-fed liberal elites are out there; people who never had to struggle so they have to take the “SNAP Challenge” to find out how the rest of us lived.

  • FFlintstone

    More whining from lazy Americans. Someone should take these leeches on trip to Africa to see actual poverty and starvation. They will feel rich after seeing truly hungry people.

    Humans have been around for a long time and this is the first time in human history that “poor” fat people have existed. Fat used to be synonymous with rich. What a shame that people with televisions, computers, controlled heating and cooling, automobiles, and plenty of food to eat could ever consider themselves poor.

    With the energy they spend whining and complaining, they could earn more money to eat more. In my city, the people that beg on street corners make $12-$20 an hour. I have newfound respect for them. At least they’re not whiny liberals that expect the government to buy them nice food.

  • my preciousss!!

    ha! pretty much what he comes to be full of:
    beans, beans, the musical fruit….

  • DizzyMissL

    Where’s the ramen noodles?

    • TwitWit

      i bought a package of 8 for a dollar.

  • TwitWit

    Hope you guys don’t miss the key words in the mayors reasons for doing the challenge.. it’s dripping with global marxist snot. Remember, i was correct. In the USA there is NO RIGHT TO NUTRITION.

    According to the UN, Food Is A Human/Civil Right and requires ALL countries to provide a minimal amount of food, for all citizens that want it. YEP- Anyone. The only requirement is WANT. We are one of the last two countries in the world that have not changed our Constitution to make NUTRITION a CIVIL RIGHT. you need to know this phrase ~> FOOD JUSTICE.

    Cory Booker knows what he is doing. Don’t doubt that he’s not completely on board with Obama and the UN. The SNAP Challenge may just be the catchy Headline grabber of the week, but, unfortunately this is just one of the many UN backed, progressive power grabs, intended to not only strip US citizen from their income, but our freedom & liberty too.

    • Judy B

      Great post & right on!

    • Andy Hebert

      And Mr Booker is not talking about the meals he is probably getting on the taxpayer’s dime while “working”.

  • Angie (D)

    $10 bottle of olive oil; 2 bags of pre-washed, chopped lettuce (instead of a head of lettuce). He just proved he’s never shopped for groceries before, much less on a budget.

    • NeoKong

      For the life of me I cannot figure out what the oil was for. Was he going to braise the sweet potatoes or something…?

      • student

        salad dressing?

        • NeoKong

          Salad dressing cost $2. You don’t buy a $10 bottle of olive oil and then complain your budget is not enough.

          • MTA

            Store bought salad dressing is unhealthy. A large bottle of olive oil is versatile and will last for a very long time, a little goes a long way.

      • MTA

        Drizzle over sweet potatoes, dressing for salad w/ lettuce, dressing for a bean salad, sauteing vegetables. You don’t cook very much, do you.

    • lorraine

      That is what it costs me maybe $50 a wk i am a vegetarian whats the big deal. The ones i see on welfare have a carriage loaded with cookies, soda, juice, cereal, candy, frozen pizza, oh yeah and they weight 400 lbs. they eat better than we do.

      • Andy Hebert

        But lorraine, unfortunately, the items you listed can be gotten very cheaply, so they can get more of those things which happen to be nutritionally awful and full of sugars and empty calories. In many cases it’s just a lose/lose situation. You can get way more “junk food” for $50 than you can fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, your comment indicates you spend $50 on yourself alone, not on a family with a man actually working to support two kids. Just another side to the coin you flipped.

        • NeoKong

          Is that a fact….?
          Go price a bag of Doritos or some Ben and Jerry’s.
          Also your post is ridiculous because Booker is not trying to feed his whole family on that budget and somebody with a job AND SNAP benefits is not living on the edge of starvation.

        • Lisa Dean

          You can get frozen vegetables for a good price, usually cheaper than fresh. Soda, juice pizza and candy is very expensive. I can feed a family of 4 on $50 a week with a man who actually works to support two kids or a family of 4 with a woman who actually works to support two kids as well.

    • yahneverknow

      Did anyone notice it’s extra virgin olive oil, which is more expensive and not the best for cooking because of the lower smoke point. Plus, it’s labeled “Organic.”


      • Angie (D)

        The label “organic” is so they can charge you more.

    • Sandra Reynolds

      He is just another jerk who thinks he is making a point typical Democrat who wants all people on welfare who will be beholden to the Government and always vote Democrap

  • Elena0412

    I’m so sick of hearing about “food deserts,” “nutrition deserts,” whatever…You know what a real food desert is: Cuba.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      The Sahara and Mojave come to mind…

  • Elena0412

    He should have simply googled information on budget grocery shopping…

  • lorraine

    I go shopping for $30 a wk i am a vegetarian its cheap and healthy. But only i use my own money.

    • Andy Hebert

      In your other post you said you spend $50 a week. Which is it lorraine?

      • Lisa Dean

        Actually, in her post earlier she said “maybe $50 a week”.

  • lorraine

    He does have a new car, fancy nails, $200 sneakers a leather coat, leather boots, a juicy coutre handbag, and hair extensions the ones i see using snap wic tanf all have that. oh yeah 5 kids too.

  • GTFOBigGovt

    He put zero effort into that shopping plan. Surprise.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Note to self: Need to take a picture of all the stuff people ACTUALLY buy with their ‘SNAP’ benefits and post it……Maybe Pathetic Boring Booker will get a clue.

  • whatsavvysays

    My old roommate was on food stamps and he bought steaks, pizzas, pasta, soda, etc. he spent more than $30 because people on Food Stamps spend more than $30 when they go to the grocery store. I can look at what he bought and tell he doesn’t get it.

    I spend $30 at the grocery store because I’m not on assistance.

  • justlittlolme

    Prepared salad? Canned beans? Virgin olive oil? You could get flour, rice, dried beans, cabbage and eggs and only spend TWENTY dollars, Cory!
    LOL! I just love these dog-and-pony shows put on by folks who just don’t have enough common sense to pour piss out of a boot!

  • mommasaurus009

    How about teaching ppl to do what many had to do b4 SNAP-Grow their own food,can,preserve because u can also use Food stamps to purchase seeds.I understand that there isn’t a lot of places 2 grow food in a concrete jungle,but if ppl can grow weed in a closet,I’m sure ppl can figure out how 2 grow food that can b preserved and used when SNAP isn’t enough.

    • Adela Wagner

      Yes, the Gov would do a lot of good in having people who actually KNOW how to garden, budget,preserve,cook from scratch and COUPON teach classes that go along with EBT cards, instead of politicians posturing for the INCREASE in benefits. We used to be taught these things by our parents, and home ec classes.There are those who need help and I love helping people. However,there are those that could get by on what they have or a lot less help, if they knew how to make things work. People, as a whole, seem to be not interested in LEARNING how to depend on themselves and their brain parts.

    • walterc

      And since food seems to be a “right” and owning guns is a right under the Constitution, how about we give them a gun and let them hunt their own meat. That’s what I do. And I don’t even get free ammo the way Sandra Fluke gets free birth control. Both items to enjoy guilt free entertainment.

  • Chris Clinkinbeard

    Ah, “nutrition deserts”. This term was used in my locale about 3 years ago, even though the area deemed a “nutrition desert” was located adjacent to one of the biggest meat, vegetable, fish and fruit markets in the country. The “problem” was that Kroger closed because of rampant theft.

  • Marcy Cook

    Somebody please school this tool on how to shop on a budget.

  • Kristin

    Ok. I do have to say something here. My family uses WIC. My hubs is full-time cop with 2 part-time jobs. I just lost my part-time job just before Thanksgiving. We live in a $75k home and have one paid-for vehicle. We have three kids, 7, 4, and 2. We have no internet or cable tv or fancy landline. I never get my nails done and we hardly ever go out. My only luxury is my phone, which is $55/month. My kids are clothed by Goodwill and good friends. Our biggest expense is our mortgage, followed by food. We have one 19″ tv that was a gift. My newest.pair of jeans is 7-years-old. I hate pulling out my WIC stuff at the store because of the unkind looks I get. And I have a history of being treated most rudely by Wap-Mart cashiers. I’m just saying that we’re not all deadbeats. :)

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      That’s the point, Kristin. Nobody is saying you shouldn’t get assistance, when you need it. The point being made, here, is that Cory Booker is attempting to glorify the use of EBT. While you and other conscientious families use their WIC responsibly, there are many others that do not. I see it on a daily basis, when children come into the store I work at, with their parents’ EBT(SNAP) cards and buy crap. Crap like, Monster Energy drinks, (because it’s okay in MI to purchase Monster with EBT), candy, chips, Little Debbies, and soda pop. It’s the faculty advisors at affluent state universities, like Michigan State, encouraging their students to apply for benefits, while the students spend their money on parties, and (get this) ‘Hooka coals’ (whatever those are; I had 2 girls come in and ask me if we sold those). This is the abuse that should be railed against, and I’m sure most people are against such waste stated above. We know that not all people on WIC are ‘deadbeats’… I really wish people would stop assuming that when we respond to a particular article, unless specifically stated, we’re not talking about EVERYONE in that demographic.

    • Angie (D)

      I don’t think anybody is saying there should be no assistance for those who need it. I think we’re saying — or at least I’m saying — that Cory Booker is showboating with this SNAP challenge & is so completely clueless that he just went to the store & bought random items without a plan re: budgeting which is something many families need to do whether they are on assistance or not (i.e., there were several less expensive choices Booker could have made such as a head of lettuce rather than pre-washed, pre-chopped lettuce as well as dry beans instead of canned to make the $30 go farther).
      Further, Booker’s sole agenda seems to be to prove how *insufficient* $30 a week is to give to people who need assistance with the goal of proving we need to give MORE with his “Food Justice” b.s. And that’s my *real* problem here — $30 a week per person isn’t living the high life, but it’s what many people spend *without* assistance and if they are wiser shopper than Booker, could make smarter choices then he has on that budget. I don’t begrudge giving assistance to those who need it, but I’ll be d*mned if Cory Booker who has *obviously* from his picture never shopped on a budget in his life, is going to use this SNAP challenge to try to guilt me into *increasing* benefits.

    • Andy Hebert

      That is the point lorraine needs to grasp.

    • Kristin

      Just for the record, I buy dried beans and whole grains. My family would probably fall over dead from shock if I came home with chips and pop. 😉

    • Kristin

      Just for the record, I buy dried beans and whole grains. My family would probably fall over dead from shock if I came home with chips and pop. 😉

  • jetch

    next is he going to take a real job and show us all how it is to work for a living?? i mean really, they want everyone to experience what its like to live off food stamps, as if thats an honorable thing. most people (not all) living off of food stamps are lazy, irresponsible, don’t work and expect others to pay their way. why would i want to experience that lifestyle??
    he would really do a service to the community if he took a real job and showed those people what it means to earn a living and be able to afford some of the nicer things in life.

  • RIChris

    The ruling class in government have opted to explore HOW to live on food stamps, instead of devoting time and effort in getting the economy back on track so people aren’t dependent on them. This country is screwed.

  • goldwater89

    This guy is such an attention you know what.

  • Lyle E Long

    When did it become the job of gov’t to feed people? Personal responsibility please. If your down on your luck, fine we’ll help out but don’t expect a free ride and stop triing to make people feel like they aren’t being given enough free stuff. This whole propaganda bs makes me want to hurl.

  • Avey Owyns

    This man just doesn’t know how to shop.

  • keller23

    This is pathetic. Once upon a time it was a shameful to live off the govt. Now, not only do we celebrate the moochers, we have campaigns to give them even more freebies.

  • Lisa Dean

    $30/wk and he could have gotten frozen vegetables, tuna, pasta, canned fruit, dried beans, canned tomatoes, eggs, chicken legs (they are usually the cheapest) etc. As it’s been previously posted he has no clue how to shop.

  • origionalwinja

    i would rather have a job than food stamps. the more you tax the fewer the jobs. the more you hand out, the less they want to work… its a viscous cycle that ends in slavery

  • origionalwinja

    i would rather have a job than food stamps. the more you tax the fewer the jobs. the more you hand out, the less they want to work… its a viscous cycle that ends in slavery