Really? People on food stamps are living life high on the hog? [Insert sarcastic tone here]
Well, if you surf the web long enough or read your conservative friends countless emails that need to be crosschecked for a remote grain of fact – you might believe it.
The fact of the matter is that someone on food stamps receives (on average) about $33 per week.
Let’s see that’s…
$33 per week
$4.71 per day
$1.57 per meal
Wow, pretty sure those people are not spending much time pre-ordering prime rib for Friday’s dinner.
This week, Newark Mayor Cory Booke will attempt to live on food stamps.
He will start with his $33 weekly allowance.
Right out of the gate he admitted to having to give up coffee (he can’t afford it).
Now I am sure that he will make it just fine. Most of us can do a week of anything.
But what about two weeks? Or four?
What about after a several months of looking for a job day after day, and finding nothing (or hope of one).
That is the real challenge. That is the real test that many finger pointing American’s have never endured and, frankly, probably shouldn’t weigh in on.
Back off a bit people…
Sure, it is easy for some people to shoot at someone receiving some form of government help.
It is also really easy to say “you would never” accept such help.
But the fact of the matter is you just don’t know what you would do until you (or your kids) are hungry enough.
I don’t know how I would react in such a situation. But until you are there, you just don’t know.
What I do know is that I don’t have the right to judge or tell others what to do in that situation – only try to find ways to help.