Could you feed yourself on $5 a day?
April 23, 2012By Eric Walter
I'm not a poor person. I'm trying to experience it, but I'm in no way experiencing what someone who is actually poor does experience.
The host of WHYY's Radio Times, Marty Moss-Coane, is challenging herself to live on $5 a day for a whole week.
The experiment is part of the Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge, sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Area residents are encouraged to see what it's like to live on $5 a day, the average benefit for an individual, for a whole week.
"Here is what I purchased for my food stamp allotment for the week," said Moss-Coane, referring to the photo above. "I spent $32, and my best find was six peppers for $2. I had to buy instant coffee and already miss my freshly brewed cup of joe. I cooked up a big pot of lentil soup yesterday, which I hope will last for much of the week. While I'm a cost-conscious shopper, I have rarely been so careful and concerned about what things cost."
What do you spend every day on food? Could you get by spending no more than $35 a week?