Michigan’s governor and other state officials recently took a challenge where she and her family ate on $5.87 per person, per day for a week. A newspaper article described how they pinched and saved, took peanut butter sandwiches to work for lunch, and one person even said that his daughter was still hungry at the end of the day.
Their food budget for four people, for one week, would have been $164.36.
My grocery store budget – shopping at the same grocery store chain that the governor shopped at less than an hour away -for four people, for one week, is $100. (And that usually includes diapers, cat food, personal necessities, and similar items that I may need in any given week.)
(Please note that this is in NO way a commentary on food stamp recipients. I know it’s not this cut and dry for them. I’m just commenting on those who say they “struggled” to feed their family on a budget that’s far more generous than the food budget I have each week.)