Cory Booker kicked off his month-long food stamp diet by posting his Pathmark grocery receipt on Twitter. Totaling $29.78, his bill came in just under the New Jersey SNAP budget of $30 per week.
Booker's diet is going to be a little monotonous: according to the receipt he bought 7 cans of black beans, 6 cans of corn, and 2 cans of chick peas, along with apples and yams.
The Newark mayor describes his project as part of the "movement towards food justice." In an op-ed published on LinkedIn he explained what he aims to do by living on the SNAP diet:
My goals for the #SNAPChallenge are to raise awareness and understanding of food insecurity; reduce the stigma of SNAP participation; elevate innovative local and national food justice initiatives and food policy; and, amplify compassion for individuals and communities in need of assistance...As more and more working people and families - many holding down more than one job - face greater and greater challenges to juggle housing, medical, and transportation costs, meeting nutritional needs becomes a serious problem and a social justice issue.