Cory Booker concludes food stamp challenge with call for 'just and sustainable' food system

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker has been lauded as a hero by many for completing the week-long #SNAPChallenge, living for a week on a budget of $30, or the equivalent of New Jersey’s food stamp allocation. Booker chronicled his week through a series of videos and blog posts, concluding with a call for universal food justice and a recommitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Over the past week I have been sharing my personal experience of eating less than I am accustomed to, because I wanted to personally confront what I know millions of Americans deal with everyday — the lack of sufficient, safe, and nutritious food. I will end the SNAP Challenge today but my attention and commitment to addressing food access does not stop here. I ask you to join me and those in your community who are working towards a just and sustainable food system that nourishes everyone.

For all of the attention the SNAP Challenge has garnered, some of the conditions have left a bad taste with observers. For one, Booker restricted his food purchases to what food stamps would buy.

Booker’s concluding statement is short on specifics but expansive in its call for “fundamental rights and freedoms that are universally protected and guaranteed to all people around the globe without distinction,” including food, housing and medical care. In the meantime, a week of beans and yams has earned the mayor immense political capital.

  • Ranadicus

    How about we create “just and sustainable” jobs so people can feed themselves?

    • Penmar

      Exactly my thoughts, Anthony, all the programs out there have done more to hinder moving people out of poverty than anything else the gov’t has come up with so far. We already have a ‘just and sustainable’ food system, called Capitalism, whereby one works and receives compensation thereby allowing one to purchase food for themselves and their families. If I remember my history correctly, when the colonists first came here they almost starved to death because they had communal farming, you farmed and received food, or you didn’t farm and received food. Were more willing to receive than give so there was not enough food for everyone, then they changed the rules, each person got a small plot of land to farm for themselves and their families, soon they were not starving.

    • Timothy Noonan

      Absolutely! With just and sustainable salaries and just and sustainable benefits.

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Amen, brother! Tell me, what business are you going to start next year that will do any of that? How many people will YOU put on a just and sustainable payroll?

        • Timothy Noonan

          I’ll turn the bullshit dumped by the Conservative Entertainment Complex into an endless supply of energy and, once an for all, free American from our oil addiction! Jobs will be plenty. Ha!!

  • OrangeEnt

    You want just and sustainable food distribution? Keep thug governments out of the food business. Free markets for food and no interference in delivery is the only thing that will make food distribution just. Criminal governments cause famines and malnourishment, not freedom….

  • pairadimes

    For the willfully stupid, SNAP stands for supplemental nutrition assistance program. Emphasis on the ‘supplemental’. The program was never intended to provide for all of the nutritional needs (and wants) of participants. If someone is providing for 100 percent of your nutritional needs, congratulations, you are now a house pet.

    Only in a country where there is an inverse (!) correlation between income and obesity can this kind of weapons-grade stupid be found.

    Leave it to a liberal to completely ignore the fact that once upon a time, people actually were expected to, and succeeded at feeding themselves and their family members without the involvement of nameless, faceless and distant bureaucrats.

    When we lost that capacity, we lost many other things, including our independence and our future.

  • Denise O’Connor

    My parents used to call a “just and sustainable” food program a garden. They were raised poor, were working poor, and we never knew hunger because of this garden.

  • my preciousss!!

    oh noooo..we just gave him a bad idea. now that he’s experienced what it’s like to be on welfare, he’d want legislation to increase food stamps! because you know, people need to eat gourmet stuff too!

  • http://twitter.com/ThePoliticalHat The Political Hat

    “National food justice” is similar to “economic justice” and “social justice”: The government will destroy independent initiative and then ration what is left over… meaning that people will fall in line if they know what is “good” for them.

    Booker must be stopped no matter what.

    He may prove a greater threat to our Republic then Obama ever could.

    This will not end well…

  • citizenrich

    I guess this booker guy isn’t aware of how much Chinese food 30 bucks can purchase. 100,000 calories worth, easy.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Yeah, but that’s only one meal for two!

  • stuckinIL4now

    So some twidiots have concluded that spending a mere week on food stamps qualifies Booker to be president? Really? So then the 47million+ who’ve been surviving on food stamps for months or even years must also be qualified to be president, then again the current Prezuhdunce has lowered the bar extremely in the past 4 years. So how big of a steak did Booker treat himself to last night, probably paid for from his taxpayer-funded expense account?

  • NRPax

    Heck, I once lived on one meal/day (Basically sandwich meat, bread and water) for over a month because I couldn’t afford anything else. Dropped to 150 pounds (I’m 6’3″) and it never occurred to me to be on any kind of assistance. Guess I was just raised wrong.

  • riddler1620

    The fact that there are those amongst us so impressed with a man that lived off of food stamps for a week that he should be president shows exactly why this country is in such trouble.
    We used to admire men who went to the moon. How we have lowered the bar.

  • Steve_J

    Aen’t food stamps meant to be a supplement?

  • http://www.behealthyspot.com/ cgrove

    Courageous. That is what leaders need to do now and again to stay in touch with who has the least.

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    The Vibration

  • http://www.behealthyspot.com/ cgrove

    Courageous. That is what leaders need to do now and again to stay in touch with who has the least.

    _____________________________________

    The Vibration

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  • RIChris

    A just and sustainable food system used to be run with paychecks. Booker seems intent on glorifying dependency. Like the good liberal that he is.

  • RIChris

    A just and sustainable food system used to be run with paychecks. Booker seems intent on glorifying dependency. Like the good liberal that he is.

  • Joe W.

    In the “good old days”, we used to feed ourselves. didn’t get much steak or lobster, but the beans, rice, bread and hamburger got us by quite well. And we maintained our dignity and independence in the bargain. Y’all are a bunch of freeloaders…..

  • Joe W.

    In the “good old days”, we used to feed ourselves. didn’t get much steak or lobster, but the beans, rice, bread and hamburger got us by quite well. And we maintained our dignity and independence in the bargain. Y’all are a bunch of freeloaders…..

  • BeyondPolls

    There’s no reason why Booker would do such an attention-grabbing challenge unless he was going to run for governor.
    He’s clearly channeling Obama Claus. Booker will run for governor and beat Christie because he promises to give out free stuff.

  • Destroy Progressives

    It’s easy to eat off $30/week. Sure, it’s going to be lots of beans/rice, but it’ll be a healthy diet.

  • robcrawford2

    A just and sustainable food system?

    You don’t work, you don’t eat.