Newark Mayor Cory Booker is going to live off of food stamps for a week, a challenge that he accepted to shed light on the plight of families who have no other options than to use food stamps to survive. A national average shows that people living off food stamps can allocate about $4.44 a day for food. Booker has been using the term #SNAPChallenge on twiiter to spread the word. Hit the jump for more.

Booker plans to live off the food stamp budget for a week, starting Tuesday, December 4, and he will document the experience on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. He signed on to the project after a back-and-forth conversation with Twitter user @MWadeNC.

The mayor is now using the Twitter hashtag #SNAPChallenge to promote the project, after the official name for food stamps — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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