I recognize that the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge is an exercise. In no way does it truly mirror the experience of my sisters and brothers for whom poverty is a daily reality.
Hopefully it may make me a little more aware of that reality. It may lead to conversations about why people are poor. It may result in reflections on the folly of cutting SNAP benefits, further shredding the safety net. It may encourage advocacy to address the cuts.
But I have privileges that most people who use food stamps regularly do not have. I mentioned several of them in my first post on the Challenge. Even as I wrote those words, I knew that I would encounter other privileges during the course of this week.
I had not expected to do so by 9:10 AM on the Challenge’s first day.
I was scheduled to preach at the First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone. This involved taking the 1 Train to Penn Station and then taking the Long Island Railroad to the Murray Hill Station. Not everyone could afford to do that, I realized before the day began. That was not the privilege that surprised me.
I played around on the computer (which not everyone has) for too long and found myself running late. I quickly chose to take a cab. I could do that because I have the financial resources to do so – resources that others do not have.
That’s not really I learning. I knew that people with limited incomes face challenges that I do not. It’s a reminder of something I already know. And it’s
There will be more.
See you along the Trail.