Coming up this evening at 9, "Pier Morgan Tonight" welcomes Cory Booker for an exclusive and insightful visit which comes in the middle of his very personal crusade against hunger in the United States.
Well-known for selfless commitment to his work, and his community, the Newark mayor has taken on a new challenge of late, specifically the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge, which has him attempting to eat for less than thirty dollars, over the course of a full week.
Currently on the fourth day of his pledge, Booker has received plenty of praise for his efforts, but he's also been criticized, as recently as Wednesday, by those who feel he's misrepresenting the food stamp program:
"It's not meant to be your only calorie intake source," said CNN's Christine Romans. "'Supplemental' is the key. The government designs it so this is on top of what little money you might have, food pantries, soup kitchens."
Having watched a clip of Romans' comment while sitting with Piers Morgan, the 43-year-old responded:
"Well first of all, I hope people are sniping. I hope there's dialogue, and attention on this, at a time that it seems like our media is fascinated with the pregnancy of a princess," shared Booker. "Why aren't we talking about issues of poverty? Why aren't we talking about issues of working families, who are working full-time jobs, and still can't make ends meet? I'm happy that the discussion, and the conversation is going on, and a degree that we never imagined when it started."
Though the food program may have the word "supplemental" in its title, the mayor argues that for many families struggling, "SNAP" is their only reliable source of consistent nourishment:
"I also want to let people know, that the reality is the reality. She [Romans] may think it's a supplemental program, but for many Americans, who are working even, this is the difference between going deep into food insecurity, not being able to provide for their families, and having a bridge to stability."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in at 9 as Cory Booker adds further context and perspective as to the details of his personal, week-long SNAP challenge.
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