shira potash http://kalw.org en Documenting the "Food Stamp Challenge" http://kalw.org/post/documenting-food-stamp-challenge <p>As the number of Americans receiving food stamps increases &ndash; it has now reached an all time high of more than 21 and a half million households &ndash; an ongoing debate over whether the system is working has emerged.</p><p>Last fall, over a dozen members of Congress took the &ldquo;Food Stamp Challenge&rdquo; to see what it was like to live solely on a food stamp budget for a week. Bay Area representatives Barbara Lee of Oakland and Jackie Speier of San Mateo both participated. Congresswoman Lee had to live on four dollars and fifty cents a day.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 21:42:18 +0000 Hana Baba 11466 at http://kalw.org Documenting the "Food Stamp Challenge"