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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan to Live on Food Stamps for One Week to Shed Light on Hunger & Poverty in U.S.

Jun 12, 2013
Press Release
Pocan Strongly Opposes GOP Plan to Kick Off Two Million Americans from Critical Program

WASHINGTON, DC – Every day in America, 47 million Americans, including more than 800,000 Wisconsinites, use food stamps—a budget of $4.50 for food per day—to afford their daily meals. Starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 13, U.S. Rep Mark Pocan (WI-02) will stand in solidarity with all Wisconsinites who rely on this critical safety net and participate in a the “SNAP Challenge” by living off a food stamp budget for one week.

The average nationwide weekly benefit for someone on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is $31.50 a week, which breaks down to $4.50 per day and $1.50 per meal.  Approximately one in seven families in the United States are in the program, and almost half of SNAP benefits go to children. But Congressional Republicans are currently pursuing $20.5 billion in cuts to SNAP, which would kick two million Americans out of the program and mean that 210,000 children in low-income families would lose access to free school meals.

“Sometimes the best way to understand another person’s challenges is to spend some time walking in their shoes. While I will live on $4.50 a day for seven days, we cannot forget that millions of families survive on this and less every day, every week, for months at a time,” Pocan said. “For these Americans, millions of whom are children, SNAP is an indispensable lifeline. We need to protect this critical program from the Republicans’ reckless cuts that would leave millions without adequate resources to feed themselves and their families.”

Pocan will be participating in the challenge between Thursday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 19. He will be regularly sharing photos and thoughts throughout the week on his Facebook and Twitter pages.