Rep. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) is trying to feed herself with nothing more than $4.50 a day, the amount of money most people on food stamps get each day.
That’s $22.50 a week, which is exactly what Speier spent when she visited Safeway today. Speier, who joins other politicians in pledging to live on just a few bucks a day, bought a tub of yogurt, pasta and a few canned goods.
In a release, Speier said she “wants to experience firsthand how a growing number of Americans are forced to live in this tough economy.”
“I am gonna spend the next 5 days subsisting on $4.50 a day, to experience what is is really like,” she said in a video statement. Speier shopped with a nutritionist and a chef who offered tips on getting the best bang for her buck.
She said her goal was to get people to “appreciate that there are many people in this country, silently, going hungry every single day and what’s it really like.”
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