Rep. Matsui Adopts Food Stamp Grocery Budget in Protest

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Chris Marciano and his fiancée Melissa have to work hard to fill their family’s grocery bags with the lowest prices.

They say it’s a challenge.

“Ground beef, chicken, milk, those are the main things,” Melissa Evans said Thursday.

They can’t imagine having to make even less go even further, but that’s just the kind of plan Congresswoman Doris Matsui is protesting.

For three days she’s pledging to eat on the $4.50 a day food stamp recipients are allotted now.

It’s all to show congressional republicans any reduction to the program just isn’t palatable.

One farm bill approved  in the U.S. Senate Monday slashes $400 million a year from the Supplemental Nutrition Program otherwise known as SNAP or food stamps.

$2 billion would disappear from the program and tables nationwide under a House proposal.

” You gotta watch where you go, get the coupon book out, all that stuff,” said Dustin from Red Bluff who didn’t want his last name used.

New cuts would be painful for Dustin to swallow.

The 26-year-old has been on food stamps at least three times in his life and says Congress needs to have a heart.

Nearly half of the 45 million Americans on food stamps are children and at one time one of them was his own daughter.

“It seems like we can help more people more people in other countries, which is a good thing to do, but what about our own backyard, he said.

Matsui should wrap up her hunger challenge on Saturday.

For her first ‘challenge’ lunch she says she had a cheese sandwich and steamed broccoli.

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  • OVNative

    Three whole days huh? That must be really tough! Try "protesting" for an entire month to really see what it is like to have to live on food-stamps….. and then try to feed just one child at the same time…. Congresswoman Matsui has probably never lived below the poverty line in her entire life! Which is why three day must seem like such a big deal to her….and over the weekend too! Oh no! No fancy dinners out for one whole weekend…..whatever will she do!