I am so sorry to my loyal readers for not putting any posts out in awhile. Things have been crazy! (Got a new truck and trying to think of a cute name for it. Any suggestions?). But I want to come back with a post with some substance (then the next post will be about the hot messness that is going on in entertainment). At the beginning of the year I was working with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program formerly known as Food Stamps) Outreach. After working with this program for 8 months (and also being a participate in the program for a short while) it became an issue that was close to my heart. So I became very irked at the possible cuts to be made to SNAP. Just as a reminder I am not a political science major so when I speak about politics I keep it very simple. So the short of it is that the super committee (a committee that was put together to figure out how to solve America’s huge debt problem) might consider cutting funding to SNAP to solve the debt problem. Because that’s how you fix America’s debt, kick the neediest in the stomach (literally).
news clip of me discussing the issue
Some Congressmen, student leader groups, and other groups around the country are participating in the SNAP Challenge to prove just how vital this program is to those that need it. Some groups have even started Facebook groups and encouraged others to share their experience on the page. The challenge is this: Spend $28 a week, which is about $4 a day for food (this is what some SNAP recipients have to do on a regular basis, maybe lower if these cuts happen). Then share your experience in a blog, Facebook page, Twitter, etc. I especially want people who think SNAP is wasteful spending to take this challenge and experience what someone who has recently lost job has to endure on a day to day basis.
If you are willing to take this challenge please let me know. I will be more than willing to let you use my blog to tell your story.