After living off of SNAP benefits for one week I don't understand how someone could do that for any prolonged period of time, especially considering most benefits are used up by the third week of the month, leaving people even hungrier than before.
The cuts come as Congress could not get their act together to continue the funding levels to SNAP that were passed in 2009, at the height of the recession in the Recovery Act. As we've seen the recession isn't over and families are still struggling.
Not getting enough of the right types of food slows down my thinking and dampens my effectiveness at work -- for kids, not getting enough to eat has even broader consequences as it impacts their development, ability to achieve in school and physical health throughout their life
The difference between spending a week restricted to a $31.50 food budget and actually living that reality daily is the difference between being on a waterslide and trying to survive onboard a sinking ship.
The more we openly speak about the high cost of unhealthy food and how it particularly effects the poor, the more likely it is that our government, and each one of us individually, will do something about it.
If more people would realize how challenging it is to live healthfully off of food stamps that would be the beginning of a real dialogue in America about food costs, hunger and how to eat healthfully on a limited budget.
The same day that I begin a week of eating on a budget of $5 per day -- the equivalent of living off the average food stamp benefit in Illinois -- a stipend is deposited in my bank account. On any other week, this could afford me more than 10 times the weekly SNAP allowance.