Could you shop on $4 a day? Congresswoman Alma Adams gives it a shot

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Congresswoman Alma Adams went grocery shopping in Greensboro on Tuesday to participate in the SNAP Challenge for four days.

She allocated herself $4 per day for groceries because that’s how much people who receive SNAP benefits get on average daily.

Nearly 66,000 households in Adams’ 12th Congressional District (which includes portions of Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Lexington, Salisbury, Concord and High Point) receive money from the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, often called food stamps.

“We’re really talking about people who are working people. Working, poor people. People who have lost jobs they had. Good jobs,” Adams said.

According to the USDA, a little more than half of SNAP participants in the 12th District worked in the last year but were still considered low-income and qualified for help.

Earlier this year, House Republicans proposed reducing food stamp costs by 34% over ten years in their federal budget proposal. It did not pass. It was part of an effort to reduce spending on programs like SNAP, Medicaid and Medicare.

More than 46 million Americans currently receive SNAP benefits.

For more statistics by state and congressional district, visit:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap