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Governor to eat on $3 a day

(article, Kim Carlson)

The governor of Oregon is issuing a food challenge.

During the week of April 23-29, Ted Kulongoski and his wife, Mary Oberst, plan to eat on just $3 a day per person, the average amount spent on food by the 425,000 Oregonians (an eighth of the state's population) who receive assistance in the form of food stamps. 

And he wants others to do the same.

From his press release:

bq(blue). Many of us will never know what it’s like not to know where our next meal will come from or whether we’ll have enough food in the cupboard to make it through the week. My hope is that by participating in the food-stamp challenge, Oregonians will gain a better understanding of what hundreds of thousands of Oregonians experience each month as they try to meet their families’ basic needs: transportation, housing, child care, health care — and food.

The federal Farm Bill (again the Farm Bill!) is the legislation that will reauthorize the food-stamp legislation; Kulongoski wants to be sure those allocations aren't diminished.

No matter what you think about the wisdom of food stamps, it's hard to deny the challenge awaiting the governor. The Oregonian_, Portland's daily paper, mentions Top Ramen, and the governor quips that he'll be eating lots of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. 

But $3 probably won't allow for an apple a day, much less seasonal treats from the farmers' market. In fact, I wonder how much fresh food the governor will be eating during his food-stamp week?