Food for thought - literally

Over the course of the next 18 months or so, you're going to hear from a slew of White House aspirants telling anyone and everyone...

Over the course of the next 18 months or so, you're going to hear from a slew of White House aspirants telling anyone and everyone how they "feel" for this group or that group and that's why they should be our country's next President.

Well, if they want to make those words really mean something, they ought to take a page from Queens City Councilman Eric Gioia - or at least acknowledge his efforts.

For a period of one week, which ended this past Thursday, May 17, Gioia lived on $28 in groceries - the average food stamp allotment for an individual.

In a word, the experience was difficult. Gioia explained how he has actual "hunger pangs," went to bed starving, but still gained two pounds.

As remarkable - and upsetting - as his discoveries were, it's even more remarkable - and admirable - that he would put himself through that experience.

I just spent $9 on lunch today, and there are 1.1 million New Yorkers - and God knows how many others nationwide - who have to feed whole families on practically nothing. And while I can easily say how terrible that plight is, especially in a uber-wealthy country such as this one, here's a politician who lived that life for a week so he can truly understand the needless hardship too many must endure every day.

I don't care what post Gioia runs for in his next election. If he's up for a seat in my district, I'd be hard pressed not to vote for him.

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