Target: Newark Mayor Cory Booker
Goal: Show support for mayor’s decision to live on food stamps for one month
Recently, Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, announced that he would be spending one month living on the monetary equivalent of food stamps. He chose to do this after a discussion on Twitter about the high price of food in schools. Booker was challenged by an anonymous Twitter user to live for one month on $4.44 per day—the daily amount of food stamps—to understand the plight of those who must survive with government assistance. He will follow through on the challenge in order to get a better understanding of how people in his city and state live.
Booker will be surviving with only $4.44 per day for food. This figure comes from the Department of Agriculture, which reports that the average monthly food stamp cost per person is $133.26 in New Jersey. Many people in the United States require food stamps to survive, and have to live on this low cost for much longer than one month. Booker will not fully understand how they live because of the length of his experiment, but he will gain a better understanding than he had previously.
Booker’s decision shows great compassion for low-income citizens. He understands that not everyone in his city or state has the privileges he has, and he is making an effort to understand how others deal with daily life. Booker has said of the challenge, ‘This will not be a gimmick or a stunt.’ He truly intends to understand, and help those who follow his experience understand, what it is like to be without privilege and need food stamps. Applaud Booker for this compassionate undertaking.
Dear Mayor Booker,
Recently, you announced your decision to spend one month living on the monetary equivalent of food stamps. You will be living on only $4.44 per day in order to understand the plight of those who live on this amount full time. This challenge will help you gain more understanding and compassion for low-income citizens in your city and state.
I applaud you for taking this challenge. Many people across the United States cannot earn enough money to afford food without government assistance. This challenge is a compassionate undertaking that will give you a better understanding of how people survive. Thank you for sacrificing your privileges to understand the needs of others.
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