Although I agree with commenter Windy to a certain extent, I do want to applaud Miss Anna Roth for accepting this challenge. I commend her for taking into consideration that she knew she'd have delicious and satisfying food again as soon as the challenge ended, and even drew comparisons to "the people who take tours of the Mumbai slums and then return to their luxury hotels."
My family and relatives grew up on SNAP, and it wasn't until I reached adulthood that I finally was able to stop receiving aid from the government. I have spent all of my young adult and adult years giving back to my community, through volunteerism and my regular job. Clients I serve often are forced to dine at McDonald's and other fast food restaurants because they do not have the kitchen or kitchen tools to cook their own meals - time, of course, is also a huge issue. I find it bewildering that those who are against SNAP are saying people in poverty spoil themselves by dining at fast food restaurants when the vast majority of clients I know would much rather cook their own meals if they had the time, space, and tools.
Thank you for a very well-written and thoughtful article.