Note that the Oregon governor, Theodore R. Kulongoski, used $21 because, according to the NYT article, that is the “average amount allowed Oregon food stamp recipients.” I’m going to guess that food prices in Oregon are different than in D.C. – I wonder if Ryan considered calibrating his weekly amount to an Ohio or D.C. equivalent.
Regardless, it ain’t a lot of money. When I lived on $70/month in Israel in the mid-1980s, I ate a lot of ratatouie and challah. I had meat during only one week – when my parents were visiting, and I only drank orange juice if someone else had it (way too expensive). I tried to get myself to people’s home for Shabbat or sign-in with a convert-type group that would host me for a Sabbath and house me for the meals. I even ate at a couple of convents and churches with non-Jewish friends who were vagabonding through the country to get fed. And having a boyfriend who lived with three other guys ensured that I wouldn’t go hungry – because they always were eating.
You make do. And then you return to the States anemic after getting deathly ill backpacking and sleeping on trains with five other people in one train car.
Ah yes. Those were the days…