Morning talk show host Michael Strahan is adding some celebrity to Newark Mayor Cory Booker's food stamp challenge.
Strahan, who hosts Live with Kelly and Michael, tweeted a picture Wednesday of the first meal he ate living off the equivalent of what people receive in government assistance for food. Breakfast for the former New York Giants defensive end consisted of an omelette made with three eggs and black beans, with a side of mashed sweet potato.
Booker began his week-long SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) challenge Tuesday and is living off a budget of about $30 per week for groceries. That's the same as what New Jersey residents receive if they qualify for the program. The Democrat says he's trying to raise awareness about food security and what he calls the "inequities" of the American food system.
The most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture data says New Jersey residents receive an average of $133.26 a month in what were commonly known as food stamps.
Booker, who is not the first politician to do a food stamp challenge, is using social media tools to share his experiences. In a video about his first day, the mayor holds his dinner (a bowl of salad) and talks about how he didn't plan well and wasn't near the food he purchased.
On Twitter, Booker posted Wednesday afternoon he's starting to feel "caffeine withdrawal" and that his lunch consisted of a can of corn and a can of peas mixed together.