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  •  Cory Booker's foodstamp challenge (4+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, sixeight120bpm, JeffW, LSophia

    is a good exercise and I'd like to see ALL politicians take the challenge, as well as austerity-minded constituents advocating cuts in nutrition programs.

    But a week isn't long enough, make a month at least.  

    And the "ground rules" of the bet are crucial.  Here's some basic starting rules I would suggest:

    1) Start with empty cupboards. It's cheating to use up supplies from an already-well-stocked pantry.  

    2) Be within nutritional guidelines for calories, protein, fat, fiber, and about 6 major vitamins on a daily basis, or at least within +/- 20% of such guidelines every day.

    3) Work 40 hours a week outside the home, commute 2 hours per day or 10 hours per week, and get 8 hours of sleep every night.  We don't have all day to hang around cooking low-budget masterpieces.

    4) No free-loading.  You can't count on a power lunch at someone else's expense.  A little office coffee and maybe a stale donut is the most anyone can offer you.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:44:41 PM PST

    •  The Hunger Challenge AKA Food Stamp Challenge (0+ / 0-)

      which is sponsored in many communities by the local food bank or equivalent charity, does have rules.  Off the top of my head, the first three  typically are:

      1.  Total budget is the average food stamp allocation for a person based on time period, typically a week.

      2.  Basic condiments already on hand (salt, pepper, catsup, etc.) are "free", but any food or beverage consumed during the week must be charged against the allowance.

      3.  No free food may be accepted from any source.

      I applaud Mayor Booker for taking on the challenge.  I have done it myself, and it is indeed a challenge to live on $22 a week.

      In fact, I would encourage any Kossack who has not experienced the food stamp challenge in real life to take it up for a week or two.  You will soon join in lobbying your Congresscritter for a GOOD Farm Bill.

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