Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s daily budget during his Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program challenge includes beans, corn, and an apple, but no coffee.
The challenge arose from a debate Booker had with a Twitter follower in November over the government’s role in nutrition.
Booker, a vegetarian, prepared for his week with food purchases from a Pathmark in Irvington, according to an Associated Press report on SFGate.
NJ.com reported that Booker spent $29.78 on 17 cans of beans, seven yams, two bags of frozen vegetables and two apples, which will make up his diet for the next seven days. Speaking about the food stamp program, he said, "One of my main goals will be to shine light on programs like this and dispel stereotypes that exist."
Booker said, according to LinkedIn, “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.”
The mayor noted that some of his goals for the week are to elevate innovative local and national food justice initiatives and food policy, and to raise compassion for individuals and communities who may need assistance.
His budget of $4.32 per day is about the same amount provided to people in New Jersey using the SNAP program. MSNBC reported that 787,460 people in New Jersey used the program in August.