Perhaps you’ve heard of the “SNAP Challenge” where Democratic Congresspersons set out to try and feed themselves on $31.40 per person per week, which is said to be the average supplement the Federal SNAP program provides. It’s produced some hilarious results that show just how out of touch some of these Congressmen are. Sooper Mexican list his Top 10 favorite cringe-inducing SNAP Challenge moments featuring among other things a Congressman eating soup straight out of a can in the back of his limo….just like real people all across America do every day.
When I saw my Congressman post online that he couldn’t sleep after eating two hot dogs and Ramen noodles, my blood started to boil. You see, I am a single working Mom. I spend less than this for food and my children are holding up pretty well. In fact, I believe the opposite: considering the state of our economy, benefits could (and probably should) be reduced.
I spent a total of $58.63 to feed myself and my thirteen year old teenager for one week, well under the $62.80 EBT challenge amount for two people, and this included an unplanned purchase of 2 cases of PowerAde (my teen is in the gym training 15 hours a week and it was on sale). I did not make a list ahead of time, use coupons or price shop. Many of the items are brand name, and most are ready to eat items. Without the purchase of the sports beverage, I spent only $41.23 on food for both of us.