Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton Lives On Food Stamp Budget For A Week

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by rdowns, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I applaud his effort at doing this. Was very surprised to see the average benefit is $29 a week.(For a single person. Family benefits are much higher) Geez, I spend that much on coffee in 2 weeks.

  2. renewed macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2009
    Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
    He forgot the 6 children under the age of 18 trick.


  3. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    Someone needs to alert Chris Christie.
  4. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    Yeah, it was a hilarious article. I'm still laughing. And, don't worry-- you could never, ever be in that position.
  5. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    Th problem with these "tests" is the people who do this for a week don't really understand what they are doing. I have lived on $25 in groceries a week as a single guy, not a problem. You simply need to know how to shop and what you can buy. You can't transition from $8 latte and $150 lunches...

    Food stamps are also intended to provide survival rations, not maintain your lifestyle.
  6. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    It's not called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for nothing. Some people forget the Supplemental part.
  7. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I don't understand the complaint about having to make everything from scratch. That should be expected on such a budget. I do quite a bit of that by choice. When I read the labels on a bottle of salad dressing or pasta sauce, it grosses me out. If you're used to it, you can be pretty fast about preparing things from scratch. I usually keep it pretty simple. Dinner might be chicken or fish and veggies or brown rice and a small salad if I'm just cooking for myself. I hate how we're conditioned to buy pre-packaged convenience items that are loaded with sugar and salt.
  8. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009

    So why are so many people on food stamps obese?
  9. ITS ME DAVID macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2010
    Pasadena, Ca
    May they were once employed and got fat from making money.
  10. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    It's very tragic that nearly 1 in 5 adults are on food stamps.

  11. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Firstly there has been inflation and food prices have risen significantly over the past few years. Secondly you currently live in Malaysia. Food is cheaper there.
  12. jeremy h macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    I don't know about the States but here in the UK food is rapidly becoming a luxury item.

    I'm surprised that you can all make stuff a lot more cheaply. Ever costed a homemade loaf of bread, cake or pasta sauce?

    Trying to live on a low income for a period is a good idea for a politician though and I too applaud him for doing it. (I would like a few of our media bods to try it as well. Particularly the food snobs on Radio 4)
  13. likemyorbs macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    Lol, exactly what I was thinking. Some people On this forum take themselves way too seriously
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    This is true. I still applaud him for doing it, but food stamps are supposed to be used to supplement your shopping for the basic needs; not steak and the likes. The problem I have with food stamps is how people tend to use them, not all, but some.
  15. Huntn, Sep 27, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2012

    Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    So what does the GOP think the problem is with food stamps? You are on your own slacker?


    Atlantic Magazine (Jun2012): What Are Republicans Waging War on Food Stamps Now?

  16. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    Sugar and starchy foods are dirt cheap and taste good. Tasteless starchy foods taste good if fried and salted. I'm in favor of taxing sugar and starch to subsidize broccoli and other fresh vegetables, a much healthier source of carbs. But then, I like broccoli.

    Speaking geopolitically, overweight poor people have been around a long time in the U.S., but, more recently, people from all socioeconomic classes have been getting obese, not just people on food stamps.
  17. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    If you are used to eating like someone who works full time its going to be an adjustment. When in college I spent less than 30 dollars a week on food easily.
  18. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Not everyone in the US realizes how cheap food is in the US. We pay a lot for healthcare and very little for food. Food prices on certain things have risen quite a bit, but not all of them are US specific. Coffee comes to mind there. That was another thing about the article. You don't actually need coffee to sustenance, much like you don't need alcohol. Hopefully the guy gave this further thought.

    Oh I'm aware of this. Quality vegetables and decent fish or chicken can be expensive on such a budget. Even with as cheap as food is in the US compared to parts of the world, $30/week isn't much to go on if you plan to eat healthy. I was just a little surprised that the necessity to make everything from scratch came as a surprise.

    By the way, I like broccoli too. Usually I buy crowns as I have no idea what to do with the stalks. I'm wondering if they could be made into soup. It's another thing I like, but I hate how much salt is used in most soup. if you don't constantly eat things that are heavy in salt or sugar, you really notice the extremity of some things that are sold here when you do taste them. I wish I could find a place that carried good barely sweetened chocolate.
  19. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    "It's my job."

    Speak for yourself, bud.
  20. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Really? When was that? 1950?

    See above.
  21. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Well generally speaking if you are that low in income your time is going to be pretty badly spent working and if you work full time you can understand how hard it is always to have time to make stuff from scratch.

    I work full time and yeah I would love to make more stuff from scratch but time can be pretty bad.

    Also people claiming oh they can do it. Yeah what are you smoking. Some weeks yeah I would be that low but even when I was in college I was spending like 30 week on food but then you have to account for the fact that often times I ate with my GF at her parents place (aka I was not paying for food).

    I have been told to always budget around $5 per meal per person. Yeah some are less but it accounts for it bouncing around.

    I will say I have watch the amount I spend on food go up a lot the past few years and I am not buying more food. Hell I am still buying the same stuff I was buying a few years ago and same amount. Cost have gone up a lot and they are going to shoot up even more next year as the drought will hit in full force in cost spikes.
  22. takao macrumors 68040


    Dec 25, 2003
    Dornbirn (Austria)
    as a follow up:
    a point very often forgotten is the development in a different field:
    there is a very easy answer why a few decades ago producing stuff from scratch was more wide spread. in the average family usually one person stayed at home a.k.a "the housewife factor" ...
    the world has changed away from this (rightfully so) but today in most cases both parent sides have to work , thus little time is available for more time consuming receipts, and if one is living alone (which is more common today) it's even more problematic

    my mother is said the same: compared to her grandmother she never had the time to cook the same receipts during weekdays

    back on topic: i find it rather disturbing that something as foodstamps is still needed in the US ... i thought they went away some time after WW2 ?
  23. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Ugh perhaps I do need coffee if my grammar is that bad today. I was trying to give up coffee recently. I've quit for months on other occasions. Somehow that never lasts :(. You know what I meant though. It's still important to remember that it's supposed to be supplemental, but I'm not sure if inflation on food has outpaced gains in the allocation per person. If anyone knows, feel free to add it.
  24. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    I think you're probably thinking of rationing, which we haven't had since WWII.
  25. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    I would have thought that spending would just cover the supermarket shop, and that there would be eating out/beer on top of that.

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