Sunday, October 30, 2011

Black Like Me

California Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier has announced that for a week, she will attempt to live on the same amount of money allotted to recipients of SNAP, the California food stamp program. San Francisco’s Channel 7 news reports that SNAP (which stands for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) provided $136.75 per person each month during fiscal year 2010, which breaks down to a food budget of $4.50 per day.

  Raw Story

So she’s going on a diet for a week.

Speier has assembled a group in the community to participate in the challenge, which will run for five days. Staff and students at California’s Occidental College have announced that they will also be adopting the same $4.50 per day budget for the week.

Oh, not even a week. Wouldn’t want to get in the way of the weekend parties and Sunday brunch.

Anyway, good for her. She’s at least smart enough to see which way the wind is blowing these days.

PS – the title of this post refers to a book/project taken by a man in 1959 who really was serious about seeing what it was like for “the others.” I read that book years ago. Very depressing.

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