$4.80. That’s the daily food budget for the average American enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps.
This week, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has vowed to abide by this food budget in order to get a taste of the difficulty that his constituents on food stamps face when trying to keep nutricious diets, the New Haven Independent reported.
On the first day of his experiment, Murphy told The Independent that his diet consisted of a bagel without any toppings ($1.11), two packets of ramen noodles (about $1) and a banana. That morning, Murphy met a reporter at a coffee shop in Cheshire and watched his companion drink coffee because buying a cup for himself would have exhausted nearly half his budget.
“I’m starving!” Murphy told The Independent. “It’s absolutely amazing to me that people have to go through this every day.”
More 427,000 Connecticut residents are currently enrolled in SNAP.
Correction: May 22
A previous version of this article misspelled “nutrition.”