Mayor Tomlinson lives on food stamp allowance for five days - WRBL

Mayor Tomlinson lives on food stamp allowance for five days

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Mayor Teresa Tomlinson's food diary from the S.N.A.P Challenge Mayor Teresa Tomlinson's food diary from the S.N.A.P Challenge
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

It's hard to live a healthy lifestyle on a tight budget. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson learned that after taking the S.N.A.P. Challenge.

The mayor tried living on $4.50 per day, the daily allowance for food stamps, for five days.

She tried to prove that you can eat healthy, but she learned that not only is the process time consuming, but also left her famished.

She says, "There was one time that I was talking to one of my staff members and lost my train of thought twice in the conversation, which is very unusual for me, but I was at that time absolutely starving."

"This really took a lot of time to think about how to organize my food day, how to spend my money, how to prepare the best meal that would hopefully keep me satisfied, keep me full and yet come within the budget," she adds.

The mayor averaged less than 1100 calories per day. She says eating junk food may help increase caloric intake, but it can't sustain a healthy lifestyle.

The challenge helped her realize some of the underlying problems of living in poverty. She hopes to get a system in place to help families plan healthy meals while living on food stamps.

The S.N.A.P. Challenge is part of Poverty Awareness Week in Columbus. It wraps up with a banquet on Thursday commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Circles in Columbus program.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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