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While the threat to cutbacks in food stamps died with the recent farm bill, it will most certainly be back on the agenda shortly. Now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), my family lived on them at times when growing up in the Midwest. I'll save you the story, but if not for that and a few other 1970s food supplement programs, we would have starved — no question in my mind. As it was, we could only afford cheap, high-sugar, not very nutritious items with the amount my mother received.
Watch this congressman face the same choices as his grocery budget gets real tight when he tries to live on the amount that his fellow elected officials want folks to live on.