For the week of April 23rd, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and wife Mary Oberst will each spend three dollars per day for food. This matches the amount received by the average food stamp recipient in Oregon.
The couple is taking on a food stamp challenge sponsored by religious and activist groups, including the Oregon Food Bank. The challenge comes at a time when the Bush administration wants to cut food stamps for 185,000 people because they receive other non-cash aid from the government. This aid includes the distribution of commodity products like canned meats, rice, and beans.
Rachel Bristol, Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Food Bank spoke to KBOO News