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Others who have taken the challenge: U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern 

Congressman James "Jim" McGovern, Second Congressional District, Democrat

Congressman James "Jim" McGovern, Second Congressional District, Democrat

Why he took the challenge:

“I did it because nobody had any clue what the average food stamp benefit was. I asked my colleagues on the agricultural committee ... they had no idea. There’s the perception that it’s an overly generous benefit and it isn’t.”

What he ate:

“A lot of brown rice, beans and lentils. ... Some ground turkey that was on sale. It shrunk pretty rapidly in my frying pan.”

Lessons learned for next time:

“The first time (taking the challenge in 2006) I didn’t have coffee. I was tired, cranky, had headaches and caffeine withdrawal. (I decided) to go with less food and get coffee to be able to supplement my diet.”

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