Cory Booker: Food Stamp Challenge Resulting In Hunger Pains, Caffeine Withdrawal

Cory Booker Struggling With Hunger Pains On Food Stamp Challenge

Cory Booker is getting hungry.

The Newark, N.J. mayor is now on day three of his self-imposed food stamp challenge. Inspired by a Twitter spat about the responsibility of government to provide food for its people, Booker decided to live for a week on the monetary equivalent of food stamps. He had $30 for the whole week -- a mere $4.32 a day -- to pay for all of his meals and beverages.

True to form, Booker is tweeting up a storm about his experience and keeping a blog.

After a few days of eating mostly vegetable-based foods, Booker is famished. "The constrained food options I have for this one short week highlight for me (with the hunger pains I felt today between small meals) what many hardworking families have to deal with week after week," he wrote on his blog.

"Not being able to stop and drop a few dollars for a Venti coffee or Diet Mountain Dew is really raising my consciousness about the food choices I often take for granted," Booker observed.

On Thursday, Booker shared this photo on Instagram: "Preparing meals for my 3rd day of #SNAPChallenge."
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He's also starting to regret some of his purchases.

"The second day on the #SNAPChallenge, I ate salad for breakfast, a can of peas and corn mixed together for lunch, and cauliflower, broccoli and a sweet potato for dinner," he wrote. "In hindsight, investing more of my SNAP budget in eggs, and perhaps some coffee might have helped me later in the week. I am growing concerned about running out of food before this is over -- especially as I try to resist the urge now to have another sweet potato before I go to bed tonight."

Here's what Booker started out with at the beginning of his challenge.

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Hang in there Booker! Four more days to go.

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