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Newark mayor, Cory Bookman, has given himself a challenge. He is going to live on a food budget of $3O a week since that's the current New Jersey food stamp allowance. He mad his first $29 supermarket receipt public. Mostly fruits and vegetables. I have to say, though, thirty dollars a week for one person seems about average to me. That's about what I spend on food alone most weeks. It's a matter where to shop for which items and being able to go without certain things if they don't fit your budget. Truth is, a lot of us are poor and, in spite of common myth, we are not flooded with an abundance of welfare checks and food stamps. A lot of people don't realize how poor people have to be to qualify for government assistance. For instance you would really have to be destitute to get $3O a week in food stamps and, if you have a full time job at, at least the minimum wage, you don't qualify at all. I used to hear people tell stories of poor people they know who collect welfare checks but drive fancy cars. Are they parking attendants? Most of these stories are just that. Stories.