Skip to comments.A Movement Toward Food Justice
Posted on 12/04/2012 5:02:27 AM PST by from occupied ga
This morning, I will begin living on a food budget of $30 a week / $4.32 per day. This is the financial equivalent of the budget provided to people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, in the State of New Jersey. I will live only on a SNAP equivalent food budget for the next seven days.
Undertaking what is referred to as the #SNAPChallenge began with a social media-based conversation on Twitter. A Twitter user tweeted me her opinion that "nutrition is not the responsibility of the government". This comment caused me to reflect on the families and children in my community who benefit from SNAP assistance and deserve deeper consideration. In my own quest to better understand the outcomes of SNAP assistance, I suggested to this specific Twitter user that we both live on a SNAP equivalent food budget for a week and document our experience.
A simple conversation on Twitter drew me into the #SNAPChallenge I am beginning today. My goals for the #SNAPChallenge are to raise awareness and understanding of food insecurity; reduce the stigma of SNAP participation; elevate innovative local and national food justice initiatives and food policy; and, amplify compassion for individuals and communities in need of assistance. Over the next seven days, I plan to highlight the voices of people involved in local food policy, the SNAP program, and other related initiatives.
As I begin this journey, I am doubling down on my commitment to the Food Justice Movement that is gaining awareness and participation in this country. We have much work to do at the local level to address a legacy of structural inequities in the American food system. As more and more working people and families - many holding down more than one job - face greater and greater challenges to juggle housing, medical, and transportation costs, meeting nutritional needs becomes a serious problem and a social justice issue. The struggle of children, seniors, and families to have access to essential nutrition is a struggle we are all invested in and we all benefit when families succeed. Now more than ever we are all in this together.
Throughout this week, I will document my #SNAPChallenge experiences and reflections on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and through video on #waywire. If you are interested in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, I encourage you to click the reference links below.
Food justice = starvation under communism
Does that include alcohol, cigarettes and a widescreen TV?
Or tips for Madame Velveeta down at the local exotic dancers bar (you know, the one that accepts EBT cards)?
I don’t have any problem with urban farming as long as its 100% privately funded. They keep talking about it in Detroit but it will cost billions federal dollars for soil restoration and the inner city Detroit attitude means they would have to import a workforce.
Any use of the word “justice” other than to describe the legal system or its functions always signals an intention to conceal or validate theft by the state on behalf of an aggrieved class.
What an ignoramous! The “S” stands for “supplemental” fir a reason: it supplements other income. Most people who aren’t crackheads will feed themselves and their children before running out of money even on such necessities as shelter. Water has greater priority, but that’s about it. Food stamps function primarily to defer other costs, such as satellite tv.
Which isn’t to say there’s no such thing as starving kids. Lock up their parents instead of paying them off, though, because they’re criminals. If they are criminal, why couldn’t they trade food stamps for goods beyond food? Because there are laws? There’re laws against child abuse and neglect too.
Stamps also magically create more putative starvation, since you gotta be starving to get free money. So, uh, yeah, I was “food insecure” last week. On Monday I wasn’t sure what I’d eat on Friday. So I turned off the flat screen, drove my car downtown, finished my cell phone conversation, put my keys in my designer Jean pocket, and said to the nice government lady, “I’m hungry.”
People in this country make me sick, we have the leader we deserve, just as Hamilton said, and we will get just what we as a nation deserve for allowing abortion to continue unabated, for the left to advance their agenda with the very help of people in the republican party, we never in the last 50 years did a thing to demand that this be stopped, we were all too busy, working and paying taxes and thinking everything was wonderful.
I look forward to my trip to the re-education camp where I can at least get some rest before my execution.
YOU can't be serious. These children haven't sprung from cabbage patches. If they have parents the children are their responsibility. If a parent does not fulfill their responsibility the parent should lose the children and go to jail. If they are orphans they need to be adopted or go to an orphanage.
Don’t confuse this writer with the facts! He got someone to publicize his article; he must know what the word “supplemental” means. Unless there’s a problem with our educational system, or something./s
In the 90’s my husband was in seminary. I fed a family of five (two of which were teenagers) on $35 a week and we got no government assistance at all. We ate oatmeal for breakfast everyday and beans and tortillas for lunch and dinner, everyday. It can be done, but only by people who are focused on taking care of themselves and not bilking their neighbors.
What sane person would “want” to live in Detroit?
Very sad situation.
If you could go back to preparing foods from basic staple ingredients as our great-grandparents did, you could actually eat rather well on $4.32 a day.
I bet I have beat the $30 a week figure many, many times without even trying, just by being frugal. Most of the world considers that $30 a week for food is living high on the hog!
It is crazy to complain that what most of the world looks at as luxury, is somehow unjust.
“You really can’t have a serious country and let children go hungry”
Then I despair of there ever being a serious country. Because as children are more fed the bar will constantly be raised, until the definition of starvation includes people who did eat but were at one point uncertain whether they would. Oh, wait, we’ve already defined it that way.
Advance of welfare I’ve heard described as like a starving man who eats the crumbs left on his plate at the end of a long awaited meal more ravenously than he did the steak in the main course. The better things are the more we complain, to an extent. Also, as Malthus taught us and no one listened long ago, “poor laws” create more poor people. Because there will always be a margin where you could get free stuff or work for yourself, and there is an undeniable economic incentive for people to drop independence and go poor. Hence charity always results in more need.
“the key to it is that money should not be involved at all”
Two terms for you:
2. Opportunity cost
“If you don’t work, You don’t eat”
I think it was Trotsky who proposed a new way whereby “if you don’t obey you don’t eat.”
I can buy a dozen eggs for a few bucks. They will last two weeks and are an excellent source of protein.
Eating like this would get easier as time went on and you built up stocks of foods.
A more realistic test would be to eat this way for a month. By the end of the month, it would actually not be that bad, especially if you bought in bulk and prepared your own food.
There is a gigantic pile of wrong in this.
To start with, the US has a perpetual overabundance in food, that viciously whipsaws farmers for the simple reason that too much food hurts their bottom line worse than a scant harvest.
For this reason, since FDR, food production in the US has been essentially nationalized, or really the fascist economics equivalent to nationalization, the “public-private partnership.”
As such, the idea of food stamps is not a bad one, if the emphasis is on two things:
1) Food stamps should focus on reducing overabundant foods, and second, on nutritional value for children.
2) Food stamps should be solely by block grants to the states. Leave it up to the states to figure out how much of what types of foods are too much, and how to distribute this extra food to the poor.
3) Recognition that despite what Michelle Obama wants people to eat, many people are more willing to starve than eat what she wants them to eat. So an overabundance of kumquats and bean sprouts will rot, but an overabundance of corn, wheat flour, beans and peanuts will generally be popular.
4) People who can buy their food prefer processed food, so food stamp food should be processed just minimally, so there is only limited competition. Sorry, Kellogg’s, your overpriced, sugar coated boxed junk should not be part of the food stamps program.
That's pretty easy to do. He won't be eating steak, but basic staples, at least around here...
Gal of milk - $4, sometimes less
Loaf of bread - $1.50, usually less
Jar of PB - $3
Bag of rice - $1
Bag of Beans - $1
Box of house-brand cereal - $2
Canned vegetables - $1/can, usually less...and fresh veggies are pretty cheap too, depending.
Throw in store specials and coupons, and eating on $30 a week is bland, but easily do-able.
The use of the word “Justice” outside a legal context is usually used by leftists to promote some radical program.
The left has a distorted idea of justice. “Justice” is not coercing money from the producers to give to able-bodied lazy morons. Real justice is getting what you earn, not what you think you are entitled to.
If 0 bummer had a brother, he’d look like cory. Nuff said.
What part of “Supplemental” doesn’t he understand?
The original point was not to provide all the food a person needs.
That's just it. While there might be a few families in every locality who have a little trouble putting adequate food on the table, the media has tried to make the public believe millions of Americans are hungry and/or starving. It's all bunk. Even here in Wisconsin they have The Hunger Task Force, and we're seeing countless ads to help all those "hungry and starving" people many of whom I gather live around me.
My question to the various orgs. devoted to feeding the "hungry and starving is: Where the heck are they? All I see every time I go out are very well-fed Americans. And my wife and I and travel around. We've been to every state west of the Mississippi in the last ten years, and we've yet to see those hungry and starving people. Like here in the Midwest, tons of very well-fed Americans.
Can I come to your house? I’ll bring $4.32.
And maybe a bottle of cheap wine.
There is no justice in making people comfortable in their poverty. That is a recipe to keep them poor. Someone who has their fridge filled and their heat paid for by the state has less incentive to get a job than someone whose stomach is empty and an apt at 40 degrees.
We should call the kibble "Soylent Green." Because it's made of soy (wink wink, nudge nudge) and it's green, which we all know from our media teachings is a good thing.
Anything tagged with the word "Justice" means taking from those who've worked for and earned it in order to give to those that haven't.
It sounds nice to those on the receiving end, though: "Get the food/money/house/car/phone/job/etc. YOU DESERVE!"
It don't see how we combat this. I'm losing faith. I think that the parasites have finally killed the host.
eliminate food stamps and everyone pay full price for what they eat!!!
Make your own way in this world or lie down and die!!!
Some $4.32-Buck Chuck?
I'ss ee you and raise you one. I was behind one who went out of the store and got into a nice new blue Mercedes 2 seater sports car
This writer is the Next Great Hope, the liberal mayor of Newark, NJ, Cory Booker.
And yes, he has degrees from three top universities.
I disagree. He's deliberately misinterpreting it to push his socialist point. When have you ever seen a black Democrat mayor of a large city who wasn't a liar?
I disagree. He's deliberately misinterpreting it to push his socialist point. When have you ever seen a black Democrat mayor of a large city who wasn't a liar?
Booker is the mayor of Newark, NJ. He's playing to his audience of parasites and hand wringing liberals.
They started with Timothy McVeigh, and I didn't hear anyone on this forum do anything but condemn him. If anyone is serious about resistance to tyranny it's going to get real ugly.
So, he assumes his readers/constituents are the ones with the reading comprehension/logic problem? Since he's the Democrat mayor of a large black city, that is a good assumption.
And because the money to purchase it was "lent" to us by China.
Not a good test. Many, many crumb-crunchers get free breakfast and lunch at school. Some places even give them a free dinner!
So Cory should go to a local school everyday, eat breakfast and lunch and then take his extra SNAP cash and go get his nails done.
In addition, many, if not most, of the people receiving food stamps also get a bunch of other taxpayer funded freebies. I imagine their kids get 3 meals a day at school and during the summer, they get subsidized housing and utilities, and “free” medical care. They even get free cell phones!
Boortz was talking about some woman waiting in line to get help with her utilities. While waiting, she was eating a salad with hard boiled eggs and watching the latest movies on her portable DVD player. As Stossel has demonstrated, the poor in the US are rich by the rest of the world’s standards.
I'm with you on that, but the hand wringers will be wetting themselves at the though of "the children" not getting enough to be obese. There was an amber alert around here about a month ago, and the child was described as a 14 year old girl weighing approximately 185 lb.
The real problem is that in urban communities, the basics of life skills have been lost and are no longer transferred to the next generation.
Home economics is a term that is obsolete.
It’s no coincidence that 80% plus of McDonalds commercials feature black people.
That is also know as "fairness" And anyone not wanting to be robbed is "selfish" (as opposed to the parasites who are NOT selfish)
People like him are why I created the blog in my tagline.
Justice to liberals means getting whatever they want and having someone else pay for it. Another older word for that fits the liberal definition of justice is "theft" or maybe "robbery"
You can buy some cuts of beef and pork about as cheaply as you can buy chicken.
People like him are why I buy ammunition. Sooner rather than later the Cory Bookers of the world get tired of going through the middle man and go directly to the source. Then of course you CAN legally shoot them.
The second week would be easier. You wouldn’t have to buy everything on that list again the second week, like the rice, the beans, or the cereal, and maybe a couple of the other items if you were careful. That money would be freed up to buy even more stuff.
Eventually, you’d be eating comfortably, again, if you were careful.
But, that’s too much to ask of the people who get free money from us. They deserve steak and lobster, because they’re POOR, dammit!
I keep remembering, however, my mother’s tales of growing up in a coal camp in northern WV.
They ate beans and potatoes through the week, and had meat on the weekends. My grandmother would keep the potato skins, fry them up and make a sandwich with them that she’d put in my grandpa’s lunch to eat at work.
They probably spent less than $30 a week on food for the whole family of five, even in 2012 dollars.
There was no “snap” or “ebt” or whatever then. Somehow, they survived.
Makes my hair AND my teeth hurt.
Everyone’s commenting on the ‘justice’ line, but the one that gets me is;
‘amplify “compassion” for individuals and communities in need of assistance...’
Compassion. Get it? Same old same old.
We’ve had how many decades of so-called coerced gubmit compassion?
My brain hurts too.
That's not the point. You wouldn't want the poor to actually have to have a lifestyle anything less than the middle class would you? As you put it,
thats too much to ask of the people who get free money from us. They deserve steak and lobster, because theyre POOR,
Where’s the compassion for those who are actually WORKING THEIR ASSES OFF TO FUND THE FREEBIES FOR THESE LAZY WORTHLESS PARASITES? Every dollar that the government wastes on these useless bundles of want has to come from someone who actually WORKED for it.
“Justice to liberals means getting whatever they want and having someone else pay for it. Another older word for that fits the liberal definition of justice is “theft” or maybe “robbery””
The left believes in equality of outcome but cannot grasp the concept that outcome must be EARNED. To make one man work for a decent living while giving a similar outcome to someone who doesn’t earn it is not justice by any rational definition. We can argue over whether people are entitled to the necessities of life (food, water, shelter) but there should be no argument that the able bodied should be required to work MUCH harder for that than someone not living off the state.