Latifah Muhammad

Cory Booker Struggle Tweets His Way Through Food Stamps Challenge [PHOTOS]


Mayor Cory Booker is feeling the heat from not eating.  Newark N.J.’s lovable mayor will live off less than $2.00 a day for seven days so he can see what it’s like to be on food stamps, and judging by his tweets, he’s going through life changes.

Booker brings in nearly $14,000 a month, and will probably learn a lot from the seven days in which he will live like many Americans unable to feed themselves without government assistance.

On his first day of the challenge Booker was forced to give up his one true love: coffee. Dressed in a dark sweater, holding a huge bowl of lettuce, and looking a little somber from not being able to feast like he’s used to, the 43-year-old recorded his very first video diaryI didn’t plan, and my travel schedule got messed up, so I find myself not having access to food, he said of how his life has changed, now that he’s pretending to be broke. “So I went through a long period of the day not eating  anything. So I think that it’s very clear that if you’re on a limited budget, you have to put a lot of thought into what you’re going to eat, where you’re going to find food. Especially when you’re own a program like SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program]. What places are going to accept my SNAP dollars? The other thing is  you make tough choices, and the tough choice I’m gonna’ have to live with this week is that I used my money to buy a lot of different things, but not caffeine.”

Booker’s challenge is definitely admirable, but what would life be without a little comedic struggle? Check out some of his tweets and Instagram posts below.


Photos: Twitter/Insagram

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  • gigis83

    Dang he was looking for sympathy. That’s how some people feel for 365 days a year. The true struggle.

    • Rice_n_phoenix

      I think you need to look for your missing education, he was looking for better understanding. You don’t challenge yourself for sympathy, you do it for growth.

  • NicciNic

    I can respect this. more politicians need to do something like this. Hell snobby well to do people who look down on people on assistance need to do this!

  • ReesyPiecey

    Why is everyone trying to tear this man down? I think he is making a big step trying to understand the situation of others by putting himself in it and further more his broadcasting it brings awareness to others.

    Furthermore, I know it’s going to be a real struggle for him because he’s a vegetarian and eating healthy is expensive. It’s a luxury that underprivileged persons often do not have.