A mayor’s ‘hunger awareness’ moment

The genius economists will tell you that soaring food prices don’t count as a measure of inflation, and so what if their dismal science has nothing to do with the reality of poverty:

As part of Hunger Awareness Month, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton chose to experience what life is like for the 1.1 million food stamp recipients in Arizona.

Last week, Stanton, a Democrat, took part in a community challenge to live on a food stamp budget — just $4.16 to buy food per day, or about $29 per week for one person.

Stanton said he was barely able to meet nutritional needs and lost four pounds, according to Fox 10 News Phoenix. He skipped meals and relied on ramen noodles, pasta and coffee, according to KTAR…

A record 46.7 million Americans used food stamps in June, according to government data. But hunger still is widespread. Nearly one in five Americans did not have enough money to pay for food at times last year, according to Gallup.

3 thoughts on “A mayor’s ‘hunger awareness’ moment

  1. 1% of our citizens own 40% of our wealth. If you want to end povery and hunger then get rid of the 1%. Not them as people, but their accumulated wealth.

  2. Years ago, some Canadian legislators tried to live on the then welfare amount of aid. They had to stop after a few days as they could not get enough to eat and afford to get back and forth to their legislative jobs.

    I’ve looked for that in the past but have never found the actual write ups of the experiment.

    Clinton years? Bush I?

    Anyone aware of this?

  3. Like the mayor’s effort, but “food stamps” are actually now known as SNAP.

    That’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

    SNAP was always designed to to give families some extra funds to buy food, NOT to cover their entire food budget.

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