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Others who have taken the challenge: State Rep. Paul Mark 

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Rep Paul Mark

Recorder/Paul Franz Rep Paul Mark

Why he took the challenge:

“Rural poverty is such an important issue that I think people overlook. People (from outside western Massachusetts) look at Berkshire and Franklin County ... (and) they don’t realize that we’re two of the poorest counties in the whole state.”

What he ate:

“I literally brought a loaf of bread and peanut butter with me to the Statehouse and I ended up making sandwiches there on the go. ... A bag of apples, oatmeal for every breakfast (and) pork chops and rice and vegetables one night.”

Lessons learned for next time:

“I bought spaghetti, rotini and tomato paste (but) never got a chance to cook it. Brought a can of soup to the Statehouse (but there) wasn’t a microwave so I ate it cold out of the can.”

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