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$29 a week in food stamps

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton observed Hunger Action Month by living on a $29 food budget for one week. “I’m tired, and it’s hard to focus,” the Mayor said on Day Four. “I can’t go buy a sandwich because that would be cheating … I’m facing a long, hungry day and an even longer night.”

Mayor Stanton now knows what $29 in food stamps will put on his table for an entire week.

Meanwhile, in Congress, the deficit-happy, budget-slashing Republicans who control the House have drafted a budget that would deny even that $29 in food stamps to millions of Americans.

The GOP budget-cutters would also cut the deficit by eliminating the funding for school lunch programs for hundreds of thousands of children.

Maybe members of Congress should emulate Mayor Stanton and go without lunch for a while. Say, for a full school term. They, too, might find that they’re “tired and it’s hard to focus.” Or they might focus – on restoring money for the food stamp and school lunch programs.

– Rap Lewis

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