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Phoenix mayor lives off food stamp budget for a week

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PHOENIX -

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton stepped into the shoes of someone on a food stamp budget.

The mayor took part in a challenge where he had just $29 to spend on food for the entire week.

"So for the past week, I've lived on food stamps or at least the amount of money you get on food stamps," Mayor Stanton said.

With just $29 in his pocket, Mayor Stanton went grocery shopping for a weeks worth of meals.

"I lost a few pounds this week, I'm probably down about four pounds," Mayor Stanton said. "Occasionally I'd have a cup of coffee and skip a meal in order to make it through."

As part of Hunger Awareness Month, the Arizona Community Action Association asked the mayor and others to take the challenge.

"This is a terrible economy, a lot of people are living on food stamps that before were solidly middle class," Mayor Stanton said. "There are a lot who have a job but are significantly underemployed than what they're used to."

Facebook photos showed the mayor shopping. He bought chicken, pasta and Ramen noodles.
With a final bill of $28.30, he said he was barely able to meet his minimal nutritional needs.

"Really, what I had to give up and what I'm used to is the stuff that I love. Sorbet, ice cream, potato chips--none of that," Mayor Stanton said.  

The goal of the challenge was to make elected leaders more understanding when making decisions that affect people living in difficult circumstances.

"I think it worked in that regard, I think it will make me a better policy maker," Mayor Stanton said.

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