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April 24th, 2012
11:17 AM ET

Rep. Bob Brady (D-Penn) on taking the Food Stamp Challenge, living on $35 a week for food

Could you feed yourself with just $5 a day? Philadelphia community members and elected officials will find out this week as part of the greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge.

Food stamps provided by "SNAP" – short for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – could be scaled back both in Pennsylvania and on the federal level, and the food stamp challenge is meant to send a message to Republican lawmakers not to make cuts to the program.

Representative Bob Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, is taking part in the $5-dollar-a-day food stamp program – he's currently on day two, and he talks with Ashleigh Banfield this morning on "Early Start" about why he's taking the challenge.

In the video below, he explains that an asset test for food stamp recipients would hurt the poor in the U.S.

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  1. Eggman38

    It's kinda backwards thinking...what TRUELY hurts the poor is when we keep on giving more and more handouts. Govt housing, welfare, food stamps, 500 minute/month cell phones etc etc etc. Add up the value of ALL these things and some "poor" are living better than me and I have to work hard for what little I have. And they are not dumb either...they KNOW that if they have to go to work or just work harder to get money coming in, then they start losing these programs. So why work hard when you can get it for free??? Don't get me wrong, there are plenty who need some help and it's only moral to help in a time of need. But it's when people abuse the system out of laziness that you have a problem. AND if there was less fraud in the system then there would be MORE money to help the ones who REALLY need it...short term help preferably.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  2. Eggman38

    PLEASE tell me this isn't just someone beating on the drum to try and gain support for RAISING the food stamp allowance.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  3. Eggman38

    Food stamps were NEVER meant to be the SOLE means of obtaining food but rather a supplemental source. The problem is that a lot of people on food stamps (certainly not all of them) have a $200 cell phone and $160/month unlimited internet bill, a 42" LCD TV with a $100/month cable bill, a customized car with $1,500 wheels and tires...etc etc etc. If people NEED food stamps then that is fine, lets help them out. BUT, too many want to spend money foolishly on unnecessary things and then cry poverty. We Americans need to realize what is TRUELY necessary in life and stop trying to keep up with the Jonses. It would be nice if we could ALL live like millionaires BUT, we need to wake up and be realistic.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply

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