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(USA Today)   In order to raise awareness of how people on food stamps live, Panera CEO Ron Shaich is trying to live for a week on a food budget of just $4.50/day or roughly half what a single sandwich costs at his restaurants   (usatoday.com) divider line 321
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2013-09-17 06:29:20 PM  
Subby apparently isn't aware of the Panera Bread stores that only take donations.
 
2013-09-17 06:29:31 PM  
$4.50/day? I spent less than that in college... Rice/Pasta/Raman are dirt cheap and can be purchased in bulk.
 
2013-09-17 06:29:58 PM  
Take the money we didn't pi$$ away blowing up Syria and put it into the SNAP budget.
 
2013-09-17 06:30:04 PM  
tell him to eat at his own place every other day and just order the U pick 2
 
2013-09-17 06:30:39 PM  
Why is it always just a week? Try 6 months
 
2013-09-17 06:31:48 PM  
It's not so bad once you get used to ramen and off-brand spaghetti-o's. Granted, I'm not going to live past 40, but what can you do.
 
2013-09-17 06:32:20 PM  

Cheater71: Why is it always just a week? Try 6 months


in the second week, the pantry is taped out
 
2013-09-17 06:33:04 PM  

LoneVVolf: $4.50/day? I spent less than that in college... Rice/Pasta/Raman are dirt cheap and can be purchased in bulk.


Totally what I feed my growing kids with. That "nutrition" stuff is overrated.
 
JVD
2013-09-17 06:33:05 PM  
I can eat pretty decent on $4.50/day. I've done it. You just have to not be lazy and do a lot of preparation yourself.
 
2013-09-17 06:34:18 PM  

Cheater71: Why is it always just a week? Try 6 months


This. A thousand times this.
 
2013-09-17 06:35:26 PM  
Why would a CEO go on food stamps?
 
2013-09-17 06:35:33 PM  
I ate well on that much in college. Rice, beans, some veggies. Wait for meat to go on clearance and eat odd cuts nobody likes. The occasional double cheeseburger.
 
2013-09-17 06:36:22 PM  

LoneVVolf: $4.50/day? I spent less than that in college... Rice/Pasta/Raman are dirt cheap and can be purchased in bulk.


Yes, but you have to buy weed with that, too.
 
2013-09-17 06:38:07 PM  

JVD: I can eat pretty decent on $4.50/day. I've done it. You just have to not be lazy and do a lot of preparation yourself.


For some reason I read this as "do a lot of penetration yourself".
 
2013-09-17 06:38:19 PM  

Treygreen13: I ate well on that much in college. Rice, beans, some veggies. Wait for meat to go on clearance and eat odd cuts nobody likes. The occasional double cheeseburger.


When did you go to college?  $4.50 in 2013 is the same as $2.51 in 1990.  Did you live on $2.51?
 
2013-09-17 06:39:03 PM  

LoneVVolf: $4.50/day? I spent less than that in college... Rice/Pasta/Raman are dirt cheap and can be purchased in bulk.


Me too, I scrounged scrapped and barely kept myself fed.

Yet I somehow managed to spend more than twenty times my tuition on booze.   Funny how the mind works.
 
2013-09-17 06:40:07 PM  
You eat shiat on thAt budget... pure ramen and knock off hamburger helper from the dollar store
 
2013-09-17 06:40:27 PM  
I know several people who get food stamps.  Every one of them is always trying to get people to use their food stamp card and pay them half the value.  (ie, buy $50 worth of food with his card, give him $25 so he has cash.)

One of them gets food stamps because he had been in prison and they let him out.  Apparently that's the system - let them out of prison and put them on food stamps.   Pisses me off that tax money is going to give free food to ex prisoners.  Let them get a job like everyone else.

I'm in favor of shutting off all of it, because the vast majority of it is being abused.
 
2013-09-17 06:40:58 PM  
Okay, so this is terribly, terribly simplistic.  But, if you've never actually been poor before, try out this game.  If nothing else, it might give you an idea about just how stressful being in poverty is every day.  A week of practical experience isn't enough.  Try poverty for a month.  Try it for six or even a year.  Try it with kids to feed or with a disability.
 
2013-09-17 06:41:08 PM  
just eat your poop and never buy food again
 
2013-09-17 06:41:25 PM  
TFA He's trying to eat as healthily as possible

If he is only shopping at Whole Foods he aint goin make it.

Treygreen13: I ate well on that much in college. Rice, beans, some veggies. Wait for meat to go on clearance and eat odd cuts nobody likes. The occasional double cheeseburger.


Every Wednesday night Classic 50s would have a dollar burger night. That's 3 burgers and a drink!

No tipping since it's a walk up window!

4.50 a day? In college I could so do that.
 
2013-09-17 06:41:51 PM  

JuggleGeek: because the vast majority of it is being abused


According to whom?
 
2013-09-17 06:41:59 PM  
And he's trying to do that for just one week? Won't happen or he'll skip meals
 
2013-09-17 06:42:00 PM  

JuggleGeek: I know several people who get food stamps.  Every one of them is always trying to get people to use their food stamp card and pay them half the value.  (ie, buy $50 worth of food with his card, give him $25 so he has cash.)

One of them gets food stamps because he had been in prison and they let him out.  Apparently that's the system - let them out of prison and put them on food stamps.   Pisses me off that tax money is going to give free food to ex prisoners.  Let them get a job like everyone else.

I'm in favor of shutting off all of it, because the vast majority of it is being abused.


You're a horrible human being.
 
2013-09-17 06:42:44 PM  

The Southern Dandy: Treygreen13: I ate well on that much in college. Rice, beans, some veggies. Wait for meat to go on clearance and eat odd cuts nobody likes. The occasional double cheeseburger.

When did you go to college?  $4.50 in 2013 is the same as $2.51 in 1990.  Did you live on $2.51?


2002-2007
 
2013-09-17 06:42:54 PM  
I'm not saying this is specifically a publicity grab for Panera, but honestly, that's the only outcome this will have.

What happened when Cory Booker are on $1.50 a day (or whatever it was) about a year ago?  Nothing that I'm aware of.

Put the CEOs of defense contractors on $4.50 a day in food, MAYBE something will change, but even that is unlikely.
 
2013-09-17 06:42:57 PM  

LoneVVolf: $4.50/day? I spent less than that in college... Rice/Pasta/Raman are dirt cheap and can be purchased in bulk.


Yeah, I also spent very little on food on college. I even supplemented my meager funds by collecting cans in the auditoriums and returning them every weekend for the $0.05 refund. I would schlep hundreds of cans to the conveneince store and walk out with enough money to buy a small pizza I could split with my GF.

The difference is, I was in college to earn a degree that would let me earn a decent salary. I wasn't trapped in that situation indefinitely.
 
2013-09-17 06:43:09 PM  

JuggleGeek: Pisses me off that tax money is going to give free food to ex prisoners.  Let them get a job like everyone else


because it is SO EASY for an ex-con to find a Job
 
2013-09-17 06:43:54 PM  
Also, if you are really hurting you're going to get a job in the food fast industry. Many places offer free or discounted meals while you are on the clock.

Or you just need a cool manager.
 
2013-09-17 06:43:55 PM  

pacified: just eat your poop and never buy food again


Ah, so I see you've eaten the in-flight meal on United Airlines.
 
2013-09-17 06:44:17 PM  

JuggleGeek: prisoners. Let them get a job like everyone else.


Because everyone is just itching to put a felon on their staff!
 
2013-09-17 06:44:36 PM  
12 pound turkey at $1.09 a pound.  Beans for chili, noodles for soup, bread for sandwiches.  Some lettuce, celery and carrots.  Bulk cereal and a gallon of milk.

Of course this assumes access to cooking utensils and the actual know-how.  I've been involved in numerous child welfare cases and other similar cases through Family Court.  It amazes me how ignorant a lot of people are regarding basic cooking skills.
 
2013-09-17 06:44:42 PM  
I'm hoping he learns something from this... his restaurant isn't going to be able to feed people that cheaply, but he could do something positive for his employees.... as in paying his employees a decent living wage so they can afford to eat more than just rice and beans.
 
2013-09-17 06:45:10 PM  

12349876: Because everyone is just itching to put a felon on their staff!


Republicans need to eat too.
 
2013-09-17 06:45:19 PM  
Sounds to me like another lame-ass marketing ploy.
 
2013-09-17 06:46:41 PM  

pacified: just eat your poop and never buy food again


Thishiat.
 
2013-09-17 06:47:10 PM  
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2013-09-17 06:47:15 PM  
Pfft. Plain off-brand bulk oatmeal for breakfast, a McDouble for lunch, and a McChicken for dinner. That's under $3 so you have enough left for six ounces of milk and one piece of fruit. It's better than most of the world eats. I don't see what the problem is.

/this is what conservatives actually believe.
 
2013-09-17 06:47:33 PM  

thenumber5: JuggleGeek: Pisses me off that tax money is going to give free food to ex prisoners.  Let them get a job like everyone else

because it is SO EASY for an ex-con to find a Job


Well duh, its not sposed to be easy! And when theres an excon with no job, no food, and no prospects, obviously he will just find a nice solitary corner and quietly die without causing further grief to others.
 
2013-09-17 06:47:38 PM  

Cheater71: Why is it always just a week? Try 6 months


Yeah, this. Hell, even ONE month.

I mean, it's better than not trying it at all, as starvation doesn't take long at all to affect one's energy and health (as they're all learning). But a week, you can see the light at the end the whole time. Most of us are okay to eat poorly for a few days. A month, and the end will be much further away, and even the most well-stocked pantry will deplete pretty quickly. They'd learn more on day 26 of a month than they would in an entire week of "awareness" eating.

/still not sure if this is just poverty tourism
 
2013-09-17 06:48:24 PM  
The only argument against SNAP should be to force them to WIC standards to keep them from being able to buy junk food.  Anything else is just f-you I got mine garbage
 
2013-09-17 06:48:25 PM  

gadian: JuggleGeek: because the vast majority of it is being abused

According to whom?


8th generation welfare recipients.
 
2013-09-17 06:48:51 PM  

LoneVVolf: $4.50/day? I spent less than that in college... Rice/Pasta/Raman are dirt cheap and can be purchased in bulk.


And your parents paid room/board?
 
2013-09-17 06:48:59 PM  

Fusilier: SNAP


Or maybe people could get a farking job.
 
2013-09-17 06:49:19 PM  
The Stealth Hippopotamus:
4.50 a day? In college I could so do that.

I did the sorority hashing gig (and I wasn't in the greek system myself) in college.  I was doing lunches and dinners for a while there.  And got laid out of it, a lot.  Smartest thing I've ever done.

/hashing = meal prep and kitchen cleaning at a sorority house in exchange for said meal.
 
2013-09-17 06:49:35 PM  

Fusilier: Take the money we didn't pi$$ away blowing up Syria and put it into the SNAP budget.



Uhhmm...  we didn't have any money to pi$$ away on Syria.    Thus, we have no money to give to Food Stamps.     We would have to borrow money and go deeper in debt.

Now,  I'm ok with you doing that.   I'm older and I kind of appreciate you younger folks taking on our debt load.    Hat tip to you youngin's for paying more for Obamacare so you can pay for me to pay less.  Kudos.

But other young people might take offense to just piling the debt on them.
 
2013-09-17 06:49:48 PM  
I wish our family could get food stamps. The money saved could be spent on something useful. Like beer.
 
2013-09-17 06:52:00 PM  

freak7: Or maybe people could get a farking job.


Are you hiring?
 
2013-09-17 06:52:09 PM  

cretinbob: [upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]


Done that plenty of times, but haven't tried it with the tomatoes.
 
2013-09-17 06:52:30 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: 12 pound turkey at $1.09 a pound.  Beans for chili, noodles for soup, bread for sandwiches.  Some lettuce, celery and carrots.  Bulk cereal and a gallon of milk.

Of course this assumes access to cooking utensils and the actual know-how.  I've been involved in numerous child welfare cases and other similar cases through Family Court.  It amazes me how ignorant a lot of people are regarding basic cooking skills.


It also assumes time. Many of the poorest are working two jobs, or using public transit to commute which can make some hellishly long days, and by the time they get home, spending an hour and a half cooking a meal up from scratch isn't much of an option. Even setting up a crock-pot means getting up super early to prep everything. I'm a pretty good cook and there have been times in my life where, after working, taking two classes, and picking up my kids from preschool, I just didn't have it in me to do more than use Hamburger Helper even though I know perfectly damn well how not to.
 
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