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article imageOregon Governor tries Living on $3.00 per day Food Stamps

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 29, 2007 in Politics
Oregon Governor spends $3.00 a day for a week to mimic the food stamp program amount issued to a food stamp recipient.
Could you live on just $3.00 a day for food?
The food stamp programs on an average give $21.00 a week to a food stamp recipient. The Governor of Oregon, Ted Kulongoski wanted to raise awareness of hunger issues and to show the Government how it is impossible to live with $3.00 a day. So, he tried to do this living $3.00 dollar a day, one dollar for breakfast, one dollar for lunch and one dollar for dinner. This $3.00 is the current gas price per gallon in Carolina, is higher in other places like California.
He became a Governor four years ago in Oregon, which ranks last in the nation for its hunger rate according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Many people live there compared to other states, and those have a hard time buying enough healthy food for the family. Oregon is slowly improving with the help of the Governor, but he is concerned about the possible federal cuts to the stamp program.
The cameras followed him everywhere during the past week to see how the Governor copes up with this preset spending limit. He had a hard time as expected to get the basic foods had to say no to some of the items such as organic bananas and Swiss cheese.
Anderson Cooper of NBC said if the Governor’s intention was to get publicity, he certainly succeeded in raising the awareness. Read more about Food Stamp Program here.
Food stamps some really need it and some don’t and there is misuse, but it will be plain impossible to think that one person can manage with $3.00 a week, maybe if they live in Africa not in America.
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