In honor of Hunger Awareness Month, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton recently attempted to live on a food stamp budget for one week (video below).
Mayor Stanton lived on $29 a week, the same amount that 1.1 million in people in Arizona live on each week via the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), according to Newsy (video below) and ThinkProgress.org.
Mayor Stanton said he "lost about four pounds" and kept a diary on his Facebook page to track his one week:
So I’m surviving on an apple and handful of peanuts, and the coffee I took to the office until dinner. I’m tired, and it’s hard to focus. I can’t go buy a sandwich because that would be cheating, even the dollar menu at Taco Bell is cheating. You can’t use SNAP benefits at any restaurants, fast food or otherwise.
I’m facing a long, hungry day and an even longer night getting dinner on the table, which requires making EVERYTHING from scratch on this budget. It’s only for a week, so I’ve got a decent attitude. If I were doing this with no end in sight, I probably wouldn’t be so pleasant.