Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker said that starting Tuesday he will live on food stamps for a week. He's also urging the public to participate in the challenge.
According to InventorSpot, Booker is going to live on food stamps for a week as part of a challenge that started over a debate on Twitter.
Booker and a Twitter user by the name TwitWit discussed food for the hungry. TwitWit asked why is there a family today that is too poor to afford breakfast, and Booker replied with a challenge, asking TwitWit if her and he wanted to live on food stamps in New Jersey and feed a family for a week or month. Booker than asked for the woman's number so details of the challenge could be worked out.
According to The Seattle Times, Booker announced that from December 4 to 11, he will be limited to $1.40 for each meal.
The woman who Booker challenged said that she plans on accepting the challenge but she is not sure if she will be able to do it next week. She said that she was upset that Booker did not contact her to work out the exact dates.
According to New Haven Register, Booker said that he wants the public to participate and that he will soon announce the name of a celebrity who will also participate in the challenge.
This is not the first time a politician has taken part in such a challenge. Politicians and community leaders from all around the country have taken on similar challenges in order to highlight how hard it is to solely rely on government aid for nutrition.