Congressman Dan Kildee to Live on Food Stamps for Week to Raise Awareness
Congressman Dan Kildee announced that he will live on an average food stamp budget for one week to help raise awareness about proposed cuts to food assistance programs.
In a statement, Kildee said "with the deep cuts to nutrition programs being proposed, it's important for elected officials to recognize the hardship millions of Americans face every day as they attempt to feed their families."
Kildee will live on the average food stamp budget of $31.50, or $4.50 a day, for the week of Sunday, June 16th through Saturday, June 22nd.
As part of a broader bill, House Republicans have proposed $20.5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), in addition to changes that would reportedly make it harder for people to qualify for food aid.
All food purchased and eaten during the week by Kildee will be included in the total spending. Kildee will also be actively sharing pictures of the meals and his thoughts throughout the week on his Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #SNAPchallenge.