Why Is Mario Batali on Food Stamps?


Here’s a publicity stunt we can get behind: Mario Batali and his family are eating for a week on a food stamp budget–$31 a person, for the entire week. Batali is protesting budget cuts to SNAP pending in Congress.

Batali is on the board of the Food Bank for New York City, which suggested celebrity chefs take the challenge May 11 though 17. Here’s how it has gone so far:

“Rice and beans is in my lunch every day,” Batali said. “We got a bag of mini gala apples for $3. We bought a pork shoulder roast for $8 and got two and a half meals out of it. I got a whole chicken for $5, but it was spoiled so I had to return it and got a $7 chicken instead. They were out of $5 chickens.”

Go here to tell Congress to protect food stamps, instead of slashing and restructuring the food stamp program, the single biggest source of food for New Yorkers who rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.

OC Register via Eater