According to reports, U.S. Rep Sander Levin (D- Mich.) and Ferndale mayor Dave Coulter are going to live on a grocery budget of $31.50 this week.
Levin and Coulter are taking this step to raise awareness about how much of a struggle it is to live on food stamps, a federal program facing cuts. On average, recipients of food stamps in Michigan receive $135.84 a month, which works out to $33.96 every four weeks.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) faces cuts of up to $20 billion over 10 years as part of a larger farm bill. A vote is expected to be taken on the matter next week.
Rep Frank Lucas (R- OK), chair of the House Agriculture Committee, has co-authored the bill, which would also trim agricultural subsidies.
Levin, the ranking democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, indicated that he’s taking part in the challenge of living on such a limited food budget so that he’ll have some insight into the struggle so many Americans face.