Panera CEO tries food-stamp challenge, lives on $4.50 a day

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    Anyone who thinks people WANT to live on food stamps is crazy.


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-panera-chief-food-stamps-20130917,0,62111.story

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    Panera CEO tries food-stamp challenge, lives on $4.50 a day


    Shan LiLos Angeles Times
    10:02 a.m. CDT, September 17, 2013


    Panera Bread Chief Executive Ron Shaich can afford to eat just about anywhere. But for one week the millionaire is shelling out no more than $4.50 a day as part of an effort to see how people on food stamps live.

    Called the SNAP challenge, the experiment involves buying food using only what a family would receive on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp program.

    Shaich, who is blogging about the experience on the career site LinkedIn, is taking up the cause just as the House of Representatives is set to take up a proposal that could cut SNAP funding by $40 billion over the next decade.

    Barely halfway through the seven-day challenge, Shaich said Monday that he was already feeling the pangs of hunger.

    "I can't stop thinking about food," he wrote. "You probably think I'm joking (or think that must be normal for me since I work for a food company after all), but I promise you it's not."

    "Over the last few days, my thoughts have been consumed with food. When is my next meal? How much food is left in my cabinet? Will it get me through the week? What should I spend my remaining few dollars on?"

    Shaich said the worry first set in last week when he went food shopping with a budget of $31.50. He realized that loading up on carb-heavy foods and avoiding pricier -- and healthier -- items was his only option.

    "I was forced to choose foods that were filling -- items that my Italian mother-in-law would have said will 'stick to my ribs,'" he wrote. "But it isn't lost on me that I wasn't able to afford the fruits, vegetables and meats that most would say belong in a balanced diet."
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    My question is, how many people are really only living off of 4.50 a day in our country? If barely anyone, then really his whole "experiment" is really just a waste of time.
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    Did he account for the three free iphones and two HD TVs SNAP recipients get every day?
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    Don't know, but if you go shopping with 130.00 per month, you're not starving.
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    No, but he probably did drive to the grocery store in a "late model" vehicle.
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    when's the last time you went grocery shopping? $130.00 a month really doesn't get much these days. I live alone and spend that much a month..and i'm not out buying gourmet food items. no sodas,beer etc. no junk food either. and just as he says i do start cupboard watching.
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    Maybe not but the diet would be so poor that malnutrition would definitely be the result.
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    stupid publicity stunt imnsho
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    Why is it stupid and how is it a publicity stunt?
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    I go all the time. Hey, I'm not saying you'll not have to be prudent with the money, but it's not chump change when it comes to grocery shopping. And I was assuming that amount was for one person. Also depends on where you live.
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    guy is a multi millionaire what would he possibly know about life at the bottom and what does he have to gain or prove-those people do not eat at Panera
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    Probably not much, but I'd say he knows a little bit more now than he did before.
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    Why are either of these requirements for seeing - for himself - what it's like?
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    It's stupid because we don't know how many people are actually even living off of that small of an amount and it's possibly a publicity stunt because he apparently has told the whole world about doing it.
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    I just do not believe in the long run he learns anything that will make any kind of a difference-which is why it is a publicity stunt as far as I am concerned
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    That's a very weird way to define publicity stunt.
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    Yeah, I see malnourished SNAP card users EVERYWHERE. Usually at walmart.
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    Did you even read the news article?


    This challenge has been in existence before Saich's involvement.
    Which is obvious if you read anything before you posted your opinion.


    http://site.foodshare.org/site/PageServer?pagename=programs_movement_education_snapchallenge

    WHAT IS THE SNAP CHALLENGE?

    The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to experience what life is like for millions of low-income Americans living on the average daily allowance of only $4.80! We suggest taking the challenge for a week, but some participants last only a few days, while others have chosen to participate for the duration of Hunger Action Month. Register Now!



    And your point of "we don't even know how many people are living off that small amount" is quite irrelevant. It's the value of the SNAP program, the social benefit we provide is $4.80 a day and that isn't even enough to eat healthy.

    And while that's better than nothing, its hardly adequate...and now the GOP wants to cut that daily amount even lower.

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