During a discussion the day before Thanksgiving, Fox Business News host Stuart Varney discussed Cory Booker’s challenge to spend a week on food stamps as a way to demonstrate how difficult it is for low-income Americans to eat nutritiously. But Andrea Tantaros, the host of Fox News’ “The Five” and one of Varney’s panelists, joked that living on $133 a month – the average allocation for food stamps in New Jersey – would help her lose weight for TV.
“Could you live on 133 bucks a month for food?â€ Varney asked Tantaros, one of the panelists.
“I should try it because, do you know how fabulous I’d look?â€ Tantaros replied. “I mean, the camera adds ten pounds. It really does. I would be looking great.â€
The number of people receiving food stamps skyrocketed during the great recession: between 2007 and 2010, the there was a 53-percent increase in the number of people participating in the federal food stamp program.