Food stamp ‘challenge’ lays bare hard times in US
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Posted on September 30, 2011, Printed on September 30, 2011

A record 45 million Americans are now living on food stamps, a weekly stipend from the US government that helps them make ends meet in hard times.

A sign in a market window advertises the acceptance of food stamps in 2010 in New York City. A record 45 million Americans are now living on food stamps, a weekly stipend from the US government that helps them make ends meet in hard times.

For everyone else, there’s the Food Stamp Challenge, thrown down by anti-hunger activists in the industrial port city of Baltimore to lay bare the reality of living on the poverty line.

Participants each get $30 — the average food stamp benefit in the East Coast state — to buy groceries for a week, after which they are invited to blog about their experience.

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One Comment to “45 million Americans are living on food stamps!”

  • I’d hardly call it “living.”
    And I’d say the $30 per week average is mighty generous, considering… With an income of $713 per month in disability, I am eligible for a whopping $16 per MONTH in food stamps.
    Also, I’d like to point out that food stamps are disbursed monthly, not weekly. I think it’s important to note, because you get your food shopping done with your “extravagant” $120 the first week of the month, and end up eating nothing but ramen noodles by the 20th of the month or so… Of course, with $16 I eat ramen pretty much all month.

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