Having confirmed his intent to live off of food stamps for a week in response to a Twitter challenge, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is inviting followers to join him. The challenge doesn’t begin until next Tuesday, but Booker is laying the prep work, doing what he can to praise the SNAP program as essential while simultaneously pointing out how woefully inadequate it is — funny how so many government entitlement programs fit that description.
If you’d like to participate, here are the rules as they stand now, in handy video form.
Take special note of the arbitrary conditions. Many on food stamps don’t have a car, so don’t drive to the store. Many on food stamps don’t have friends or family, so don’t accept food from mom.
Although many praise the challenge for raising awareness, one follower wants people to be aware of the original purpose of the SNAP program.