May 16, 2007. Religious and civic leaders pledge to try the “Food Stamp Diet” – and eat on $3.50 a day – as FPI releases a new report. Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Rev. Paul D. Rees-Rohrbacher of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Albany, Ed Bloch of the Interfaith Alliance of New York State, Lynda Schuyler of Food Pantries for the Capital District and Linda Bopp of the Nutrition Consortium of New York State joined FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick in taking the food stamp challenge. FPI’s report shows the erosion of the food stamp benefit since 1996, and that the failure to correct this erosion will affect each county in the state. Press release, report.