I was browsing the Huffpost this morning, when this headline caught my eye- Mario Batali Food Stamp Challenge: Chef Spending $31 On Food For One Week. The celebrity chef and his family are eating for a week on the equivalent of a food stamp budget to protest potential cuts to the food stamp program that are pending in Congress.
"I'm (expletive deleted) starving," said Batali, who's on the board of the food relief agency Food Bank for New York City, which issued the challenge to celeb pals like Batali and anybody else who wants to know what it's like.
Hmm. It's not my intention to be a celebrity-chef-bashing jerk, but what the hell? Are they serious? I appreciate anyone working to help the hungry- but this challenge is complete bullshit. Making your wealthy, well-fed family subsist on your gourmet rice and beans and lentil stew for a week accomplishes what, exactly?