I have recently posted on the democrat’s challenge to eat on the average weekly amount of benefits under SNAP – $31.50 – and of the republican’s attempt to meet that challenge.
Nickgb posted over at PYM of his attempt to replicate that attempt here and here.
Then I gave it a college try here. And I hit it:
For $31.50, I have eaten for a week AND included veggies and fruits. Plus I have a small beginning for next week to help me out even further.
But I wanted to see if North Carolina was “average”.
We much more generous than the average as described by the democrats.In fact, an individual can earn up to $14,532 and still qualify for $200 a month. To be sure, 14k a year isn’t much money at all; rent surely would take most of it. But, 50 bucks is a bunch more than $31.50. If I had an extra 20 to spend in my challenge I could almost certainly afford a twelve pack.
Where it gets really interesting, however, is at the 2 household range. There a person can earn $19,680 a year and still qualify for $367.00 a month. In fact, if approved, an individual could earn $30,000 and qualify for that amount.
And if that individual is the mother of a young child?
- 128 oz of juice per month
- 4 gallons of milk per month
- 36 oz of cereal per month
- A dozen eggs
- 2 lbs of bread
- 18 oz of peanut butter
Again, not the life of luxury and excess. But I’m not sure that most people would support the idea of providing such aid to someone making 20-30k a year if they were asked.
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