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Think you could live off $5 a day?

  • She aims to bring attention to food stamp recipients' plight
  • Weeklong Three Square Food Bank plan began Monday
Think you could live off $5 a day?

The mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada, has vowed to live off less than $5 a day, the average amount allotted to recipients of food stamps, according to HLN affiliate KTNV.

To put it in perspective, that venti white chocolate mocha from Starbucks that you indulge in each morning? It better have a day-long kick to it. A $5 footlong? Enjoy it, 'cause that's all you get.

The goal of Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s weeklong anti-binge is not to save money or lose weight. As chiefs of their own particular fiefs, mayors can subsist all day on the culinary perks of local government: banquet food, photo-op snacks and business dinners.

Goodman is trying to raise awareness about the plight of low-income Nevadans, many of whom are recipients of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. To that end, the Three Square Food Bank recently announced the “SNAP Experience,” a challenge to state residents to see if they can live off $4.06 a day for a whole week.

The food stamp program has about 330,000 recipients in southern Nevada, KTNV reported.

Goodman, 72, elected last year to assume the post her colorful husband Oscar Goodman held for the previous 12 years, took the group up on its challenge, hoping to bring attention to the issue.

"We want them to experience it, " John Livingston, chief operating officer of the Three Square Food Bank, told KTNV, referring to challenge participants. "We want people to feel what it's like to wonder where the next meal (is coming from), wonder what they're going to do with the money they get. It's not enough to really survive."

Last year the SNAP Hunger Challenge asked Illinois residents to joined a similar movement.

The SNAP Experience kicked off Monday and will conclude Friday. Want to sign up? Visit the Three Square Food Bank.

Think you could live off $5 a day?

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