Tim Ryan's New Diet
- Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), co-chairs of the Hunger Caucus, recently asked their colleagues to take the Food Stamp Challenge to raise awareness about hunger and the difficulties of eating a balanced diet on $21 a week.. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) took on this challenge and are publicizing their experience.
- From Tim Ryan's blog today:
Well its day two of the Food Stamp Challenge and I’ve been absolutely astounded and heartened by the amount of press that the Challenge has received. It’s wonderful that so many people across the country are thinking about hunger and poverty, two of the most important issues we face today. It’s my hope that my colleagues will see what we’re doing here and start to think about people on food assistance as humans and not just some statistic.
Ryan deliberates with press secretary Brad Bauman about which items to keep in his basket as he buys $21 worth of groceries, the weekly food stamp allotment, as part of a House Hunger Caucus challenge. (Photo by Kim Frey in the Washington Post)
I’m feeling much better today. Yesterday, I didn’t eat anything at all until lunchtime, and that really took a lot out of me. So far today I’ve had some cottage cheese, a cup of coffee and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I think that now that my body has had some time to adjust, it’s a little easier, but my energy level is still noticeably lower than normal. I have some serious challenges ahead of me today. I’m expected to make an appearance at a reception on Capitol Hill and I need to pass by a dinner meeting at one of my favorite restaurants afterwards. I know I’ll be fine.
My biggest concern today is running out of food before the end of the week. One loaf of bread doesn’t make as many sandwiches as you’d think, and I’m running through my cottage cheese pretty fast as well. The budgeting was hard enough, rationing what I do have will present another challenge.
I want to take a moment to thank you all for your kind comments and support! For those of you who also responded asking about “John Amdor”, well he’s one of my intrepid interns who has been an integral part of my participation in the Food Stamp Challenge. He has my eternal gratitude for the $7.98 cents in savings that his Safeway Club Card gave me.
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