U.S. Representatives James McGovern (D-MA), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Tim Ryan (D-OH) have pledged to live on an average food stamp budget — just $3 a day — from May 15-21, 2007 and have invited other Members of Congress to join them in the Food Stamp Challenge. The spouses of Reps. McGovern and Emerson will also be taking the challenge. A number of advocate groups and Congressional staff are also expected to take part. Members of Congress are living on a food stamp budget for one week in order to raise visibility and understanding around the challenges that millions of low-income American’s face in obtaining a healthy diet under current food stamp benefit levels.
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