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Michael Strahan game for Cory Booker's food stamp challenge

bookerCory030212_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is receiving some celebrity support as he embarks on his SNAP Food Stamp challenge beginning Tuesday.

New morning talk show host Michael Strahan has offered to support Booker in his campaign through a Twitter posting, according to Baristanet, tweeting, “I’ll join you.”

According to an Associated Press on the Grio, Booker said he would be living on food stamp money from Dec. 4 to 11, after debating a woman from North Carolina about the role of government in nutrition on Twitter last month. Booker said his budget would be $1.40 for each meal.

The woman he challenged plans to accept for a week or two, but said she hadn’t heard anything from Booker or his staff. “I don’t think it’s fair to just find out from the Internet when I’m supposed to take part,” she said.

Other politicians have taken on challenges in the past few years to highlight the difficulty of relying on government money for nutrition. CBS New York reported that Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Representative Bob Brady and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper are some of the notables who have participated in similar programs, along with celebrity chef Mario Batali.

NJ.com reported that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, average monthly food stamp benefits in New Jersey were $133.26 per person for 2011, roughly $4 each day. Households have to meet certain income standards to qualify.

Politico even contributed a possible daily menu for Booker from a Safeway. Part of it consisted of yogurt and orange juice for breakfast costing $1.38, an eight-ounce meatball sandwich and two ounces of carrots for lunch coming to $1.57, and seven ounces of frozen fried fish plank for $1.09.

A video on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Food Stamp Challenge is available here.

 

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