Cory Booker's Food Stamp Regret: I Didn't Buy Eggs
Newark mayor thinks he should have clipped coupons, too
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 5, 2012 9:22 AM CST
Booker released this image of his breakfast this morning via Twitter.   (Instagram/Cory Booker)

(Newser) – Cory Booker began his food stamp challenge yesterday, showing off his decidedly modest grocery haul for the week to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. The vegetarian mayor spent $29.78 on an assortment that included 17 cans of beans, seven yams, two bags of frozen vegetables, and two apples. "If I could go back and do it over again, I definitely would have gotten a dozen eggs and I would have clipped coupons," he says.

Booker says he's hoping to foster compassion for people living on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamps, even as Congress considers cutting the program. "People have a real lack of understanding of the struggles that many families have to go through," he says. In a blog post about the challenge he says he's "doubling down on my commitment to the Food Justice Movement." He promised to document the experience on social media, and indeed, this morning he tweeted an image of his chickpea-and-lettuce breakfast.

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Dec 6, 2012 9:04 AM CST
another veg nut! eat meat it is yummmmmmmmie and good for you! jam the yams!
Dec 5, 2012 10:38 PM CST
I was on food stamps for a while. Fed 2 people on $120 dollars a month and usually had money left over. Knowing how to cook is an extremely valuable skill for saving money... It's a shame the home economics programs in schools are so awful nowadays. I learned more from a couple months of cooking shows than I did in two semesters of home ec.
Dec 5, 2012 9:18 PM CST
I have never been on food stamps. I have been so poor that I could only eat 5 days a week. Would skip Wednesdays and Sundays. College, and those first few years afterwards really sucked.