On day three of Cory Booker’s challenge to live on Food Stamps for a week, here’s what he has to write:
My third day on the #SNAPChallenge was by far the toughest. Today, I was in motion and at meetings all day. My crazy schedule required that I prepare all of my food in the morning to enable me to eat on the go. In addition to preparing and packaging my meals, I realized early this morning that I am eating too much food per meal. If I do not cut back the amount I am eating at each meal, I will run out of food before the #SNAPChallenge is over.
In the days ahead I am now going to eat smaller portion sizes. I decided to eat my dinner of peas, black beans, cauliflower and broccoli in small bites between 3pm and 7pm in between meetings and calls hoping that would allay some of the hunger pains I felt yesterday. This actually worked and something I might try again tomorrow.
Today, I had a meeting in the late afternoon at a bakery. To put it simply, this was difficult and perhaps the greatest test of my resolve yet. Right after the meeting I hustled back to my car and downed more beans, cauliflower and broccoli and tried to imagine that it was Christmas cookies and cake.
Over the past 3 days, I have had amazing conversations with Newark residents and others about SNAP. The discussions happening locally and nationally about food justice, sustainable nutrition, and our collective response to American poverty are important and moving.
I am inspired to hear from people joining the #SNAPChallenge movement. I hope other people will share their reflections, feedback and experiences with me via Twitter and #waywire. A few of these reflections can be found at the links below:
“I’m surprised how hungry I am. Getting through class is a lot harder without energy.”http://wayw.re/TGow7k
“$35 is not enough. It’s just not enough.” http://wayw.re/TBDhrd
“I wish I’d had more fruit.” http://wayw.re/UCZ5U1
“It’s hard to keep Kosher.” http://wayw.re/TCl7CV
Isn’t that neat?
Or you can post shit like this to Facebook and show how really awesome Republicans are …