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Happening now a battle on Capitol Hill to cat abuse in the food stamp program by closing some loopholes that's what the Republicans say they're doing with there -- The Democrats -- pending for food stances taken support from those that need it.
Nearly 48 million Americans are signed up to receive food stamps or one at a seven of us.
And while we certainly documented the abuses and the food -- system great has his favorite course surfer dude that using food -- says the bylaws -- for your legs or predict.
If there's the fact is there's -- -- a lot of families that truly need help and are dependent upon this program as well.
-- for the past week a millionaire has been living on a food stand -- -- Spending no more than four dollars and fifty cents a day unfair to see what it's like what is it really it like Ron -- is -- founder and CEO.
-- -- Brad -- nice tag on the program.
Good morning and Hillary I'm great into the fifth at issue is really politically loaded it because they had the vote this week on the farm bill on just curious knew what -- your motivations.
For doing this did you have a political point you're trying to -- Well the truth is we've been working in the hunger space war for the better part of a decade and a half.
We contribute a hundred a 150 million dollars a product.
Every single year to food banks around the country we created these cafes of shared responsibility.
Where people can come in and if they have.
The need -- and can eat.
And we will take care of them if they have the means we -- and pay it forward take care of somebody else.
They've been a huge success.
And ended in -- I was approached by the folks at feeding America which is Ian bell umbrella group.
For all the food banks in the country.
And asked that if I wanted to and was interest in and taking the challenge.
-- decided it was something I wanted to do because I wanted to experience.
In in a very small way because obviously it's just to simulate -- what it feels like.
To be at the effect of not having enough -- well it personally experience.
That was ironic of course the history here this he had this huge restaurant chains and food is you know the deal -- her life grinds of what the movement so what was it like I mean what how how did you.
How did -- do it.
What's interesting -- it actually became a bigger deal.
You know we we are normalized many of us I do -- for sure took food for granted so in the morning I take my kids to school let's stop and get something.
I'd be in the office we grab a sandwich in the evening we wanted to eat we eat what we wanted we go where we want it.
The reality is is living -- instant food stamps meant that food dominated my life.
What it meant was when I went to the grocery store at the beginning of the experience.
How to figure out how to buy my weeks groceries for 25 dollars I got to the counter and had to leave the milk behind because I didn't have enough money for the milk.
I had to figure out what it was to be each night.
And what it ultimately -- is is this became a major issue in my life and I can't imagine.
What it would be like both working.
Or studying or or or or or trying to maintain myself.
If I were living in these kinds of conditions I think is really hard.
I was reading your -- there -- a couple of really interesting anecdotes including snapping at your wife a little bit Ron when she -- -- a little too much -- tell when I can see where we're worried about.
Running out later in the week we have actually to slash our viewers you're grocery list because he depended a lot -- -- carbohydrates also lentils and chickpeas.
You did take the cheese and but he did lead the milk that was one of the decisions that you said that you regretted not taking nothing trading an out.
But it gives gives viewers a night an idea you know I misstated something earlier and -- -- you actually had 18100 not 800 stories.
Your company is worth more than five billion dollars that we don't often have a CEO.
On her show that -- a company that's worth as much I'm just curious based on what your experience.
It was over the last week.
How how you would think it's -- a reading -- a successful food stamp program because we don't wanna leave people that are in need.
Without any -- but we also don't want abuses in the system so what do you think is a solution.
Well I you know I I think it.
Actually listen I think it starts with asking a question.
And that is the question of of of what kind of society we want I mean the reality is in any large scale program.
There are people that -- it surfer dude undoubtedly is -- it.
There any number of people that game and figure -- had to take advantage but there but the truth is that also.
There are tens of millions of people of our fellow citizens are real pain and we're talking about one in six families which are about one in four children.
And these are -- of numbers of our own citizens and I think each of us as individuals each of us as business people.
As citizens have got to ask ourselves this question.
What kind of society do we want what are our priorities.
And how do we feel what our fellow citizens many of them are going to bed at night.
What -- think it that's.
I I I actually think it has major negative impact I don't think it is good it is very difficult.
To be a productive member of the society when I can't -- you know I bit the part that's -- most interesting to me is not -- my diet.
It's been -- that the hundreds if not thousands of letters I've received emails from people.
-- talking about their own experiences.
And some of them touch home.
I heard from from a gentleman who had been at HP for 25 years lost his job than it was now it's snapped I heard from a a woman who said to me.
You know it's one thing when you don't have enough food for yourself but what -- -- your children when they come home from school there's hopeful for snack and no food for dinner.
And about the elderly folks who said listen we worked hard and we have nothing we don't have the ability and that question to me is what do you -- those ranks.
And what you would do we have.
You know what it at his what did you tell our viewers because -- -- commercial break that a lot of these great stories and telling your blog and they can go ahead and check that out through link and I'm at just a final question -- -- -- -- this big CEO.
And it's you -- a successful company did you ever think about getting involved like politically ever think about doing more that way.
Now this is that you know from me -- -- might work of art and I I love making a difference through it.
Business is one way in our society that you really can make a difference and for me this is a great place.
Just curious I really -- it very interesting plan that you have to you when you where you GO your own.
Restaurants that support people that.
And we need to bite to eat -- Anderson -- not trying to help combat the program was nice to talk to you and you're busy -- -- -- nice to have you thank you very much thank you.
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