Panera CEO takes the food stamp challenge

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  • JPinFL Palm Bay, FL
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:01 a.m.


    Mcallen, TX

    Wow! Mormon missionaries live on four dollars a day for food. I don't remember any of them being hungry.


    Many missionaries are also fed, on an almost daily basis, by members. Those who are unable to eat with members are often hungry. I remember many days on my mission where my companion and I went without food, due to the lack of money and the very poor areas we served in, where members couldn't afford to feed the missionaries.

    Now, sure, I could get by on a couple of dollars a day. However, the food I would be consuming would not be the most nutritional and in the long run I would have poor health, causing me to seek medical attention which I would not be able to afford. Those costs would be passed down to those with insurance. It becomes a vicious cycle, which is tough to break.

    Perhaps the solution is to have true Christ-like love for others, to care for those who are less fortunate, to lift others up, and to build instead of tear down others. Our society has some mixed-up priorities.

  • Hyalite Bozeman, MT
    Sept. 30, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    Food stamps provides $200 a month to one fully dependent on them, or $2.22 per meal. Most food stamp recipients are not helpless. They earn money that can supplement the $2.22. They might even get food discarded by other recipients. According to roommates and a low-income housing manager, food stamp recipients discard and share considerable amounts of food.

    One recipient said that during the month they were on food stamps, they had far more food than when they were buying all their own.

    A household with children eating 2-3 free meals at school can use that part of the child's food stamp allotment for augmenting the $2.22.

    The SNAP Challenge and food stamp program justifications are built on innumeracy.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 30, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    Wow! Mormon missionaries live on four dollars a day for food. I don't remember any of them being hungry.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    President Hinckley made the comment years ago at a regional conference in Germany that if the world observed the law of the fast we could do away with hunger.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    "Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post said that the SNAP challenge, which has been taken by a number of politicians, is somewhat misleading because about 75 percent of SNAP participants use their own money, in addition to SNAP benefits, to buy food. Kessler notes that the program is designed to be a supplement to a family's food budget, not its entirety"

    As it should be.

    There needs to be every incentive to get OFF taxpayer reliance and into personal accountability. The lower the food stamp allotment the better.

  • Leo Femedlers El Paso, TX
    Sept. 30, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    The current political powers-that-be answer to this and every other social problem is to throw more money at it. It ain't gonna get any better folks. In fact it's going to get much, much worse. Looking to government to solve problems is not a solution. It's unfortunate but that is they way we have voted.