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

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    Except for the part where I quoted you.


    "4.6 million with no income at all.

    So, the CEO took the challenge and now has a better idea of what life is like for almost 5 million everyday."
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    Exactly, these same people are getting, SSI, disability, social security, Medicaid, free phones, free rent and god only knows what else. By the time you are done adding it all up it will be well over $20-$25k per year.
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    Or obesity a major affliction of "the poor" in this country...
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    I guess Panera's CEO doesn't know the difference between full on welfare and a food stamp supplement program. Does he even know what "supplemental" means.

    This a free publicity stunt.
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    That was in response to the comments made that no one lives without income in the US and therefore the CEO was involved in a publicity stunt.

    Well the data shows there are people with no income ($2 or less per day)...4.6 million

    You guys make a 100% statement with no numbers to support your position and when the data shows you to be wrong....you somehow you infer I made the 100% comment?


    So, now that we've proved people with no income do reside solely on SNAP for their food source....the question remain is it still a publicity stunt in your eyes?

    Because previously that was the only reason presented to believe the CEO wasn't honest.
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    What data could possibly know this? And what's the point of throwing around labels like "you guys?" Feel free to bash my opinion but it stands alone. There's no agenda behind it. I did meals on wheels and still assist my mother with another local charity which helps feed lower income individuals and families. Was he allowed to use these also or would this have ruined his science fair project?
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    Yeah, but Brain, to eat on a buck a day - which these folks proved could be done - you have to do three things: 1) plan; 2) purchase food prudently, and 3) work, i.e., cook your meals.

    How many people using SNAP stuff, are willing to do that ?

    My guess: fewer than those who will purchase prepared, deli and / or pricey foods with the SNAP chits, or otherwise spend foolishly for food.
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    My sister, with a family of five, goes grocery shopping and spends less than $10 dollars a month. She uses coupons from the Orlando Sentinel and other papers that allow her to get grocery carts full of food, yet most times, get money back (in the form of store credits). She then uses the store credits (or the excess money she would have gotten for store credit) to buy meat. She does almost all her shopping at Publix to get these deals, as Publix will accept coupons from other nearby competing stores.

    Anybody can do this, if they are willing to look at coupons. Over the course of the last 3 years, she has saved over $15,000 or more by using coupons for her groceries.
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    I've watched documentaries about coupon cutters. People will gets hundreds worth of groceries and sometimes not spend a dime. Very time consuming but if you don't have a job this seems like the hobby for you.
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    How much do food stamp recipients actually receive on a monthly basis? And is it not supposed to be supplementary?
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    My sister does this while teaching full time. She has even gotten the rest of the family starting it. My Mom sometimes calls me to say she just "bought" $285 or more of groceries and "spent" $15.

    When I visit my Mom or sister, I can't go to the store for anything without them making me take coupons to get everything "free" or next to "free". If I go to the convenience store and get a soda, they jump all over me saying they have that at the house and I shouldn't have spent the $1.49 the Double Big Gulp cost, as it would have been free at home.

    Seriously, when I get back to the states for good (I live on a Navy base now as a contractor), I will also get into the couponing business. It just makes too much sense to get all groceries free by spending some free time at night cutting coupons and planning the shopping trip to buy specific items.

    That doesn't mean I won't buy other items without coupons, but if I can save 60-80% on my groceries, then it's ludicrous not to do this.

    To those who think that buying the newspaper costs money, that is not true. First, you can go online and get the coupons. Or, better yet, ask a convenience store clerk if you can have the coupons from the unsold Sunday and Wednesday(or Thursday) papers, as they just throw those away at the end of the day.
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    Man, lots of effort here. This is not something for people who live off the govt. to do.
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    i think a lot of it is over the top, granted i'm basing my opinion on the extreme coupon shows. 55 tubes of tooth paste and 70 bottles of mustard just seems like an addiction based thing.
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    Bill likes his narrative that people on SNAP are living large
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    When you see a lot of people who have no income on those "super coupon clipper" shows please let us know.

    Ya know, there are soooooo many of them....I can't understand why all of those families are middle clas people.

    :laugh:


    Yeah, the street people who don't have a roof over their head or enough money to eat certainly have internet accounts to clip online coupons...

    Talk about the height of irrational BS...

    :joecool:

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