Join Members of Congress, Take the #SNAPChallenge

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U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee U.S. Representative Barbara Lee has been a leader in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. She co-authored legislation signed into law creating the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and legislation addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. She has also been a leader in the effort to establish a National AIDS Strategy, and is a member of the Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over all domestic HIV/AIDS funding. She is the only U.S. representative on United Nations Development Programme’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law and was the original sponsor of legislation that lead to the repeal of the Immigration and Travel ban that barred the entry of HIV positive individuals. The repeal allowed the International AIDS Conference - scheduled for July 2012 in Washington DC - the first to be held in the U.S. for 20 years.

Why would Members of Congress commit to spend only $4.50 a day on food and live on the budget of the average SNAP recipient? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps), is an essential lifeline that helps put food on the table for 47 million hungry Americans, and it is under fire.

Republicans have called for over $20 billion in cuts to SNAP, which would leave millions of hungry families and children without a steady source of food. We can’t let these cuts go through. This isn’t who we are as Americans. We need to protect our vulnerable, not cut them out of a budget.

So, almost 30 of my colleagues and I are taking the SNAP Challenge — spending, on average, $1.50 a meal to highlight how critical this lifeline is for so many families.

This morning, I went shopping for the week on the SNAP budget. Getting your budget down to $4.50 a day is complicated. You need to try to make sure you have enough protein, limit your sodium, and find good vegetables. If you have special dietary needs, like diabetes or an allergy, there’s even more to think about.

 

Read the full article in The Huffington Post

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