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Archives - September 2013

September 23, 2013

Barry Birr -- My SNAP Challenge

Barry Birr, the News Director of 680 KFEQ, has started his SNAP Challenge.  Barry is documenting his journey through Facebook.  You can follow his jouney by liking him on Facebook.  We will also post Barry's Facebook journey on our blog. 

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/23/13, 10:02 PM

 

September 20, 2013

Director of Operation's Final Thoughts on SNAP Challenge

By Tamara Grubb, Director of Operations

My Challenge is wrapping up and I have some questions for you to ponder.

Have you ever counted the slices of bread you have left in your loaf to see how many more sandwiches you can make? Until Wednesday, I would have answered no. I typically buy a loaf every week or two, sometimes throwing out half of the other loaf.

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/20/13, 04:03 PM

 

September 19, 2013

Stacy Fisher Reflects on her SNAP Challenge

By Stacy Neibling Fisher, Director of Marketing

As the final day of my SNAP Challenge nears, I can't help but feel one thing...relief. This Challenge hasn't been easy. For five days, I've tried to live on two merger meals a day while my stomach growled in protest. Like I said, I'm relieved. I am so glad I didn't pledge to take the Challenge for seven days. I know how selfish that sounds, but my lack of food intake has caused low blood sugar attacks and mood swings. I'm pretty sure my husband would have traded me in for a newer model if my Challenge lasted much longer.

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/19/13, 10:02 PM

Programs Coordinator Begins her SNAP Challenge

By Christine Feuerbacher, Programs Coordinator

I’m not sure how to start this other than I am embarrassed by what I have learned so far. (Mostly about myself and my current habits.)  I think that I am very tolerant and understanding about what the Members we serve go through and I think, I thought I had a good handle on it.  I am starting to find that until you walk even slightly in their shoes, you have no idea.  To be honest, I thought the SNAP (formerly food stamp) Challenge was basically silly.  It’s not a “real” challenge because it doesn’t allow you to utilize community resources and gardens.  It doesn’t take into account that many people have family and friends that help out in a pinch.  Ok, so I justified that it was silly.  However, I have come to realize in just one day that the Challenge gives you a pretty good idea of what it might be like to live one of our Member’s lives, if even for a second.

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/19/13, 10:54 AM

 

September 18, 2013

Stacy Fisher - My SNAP Journey Continues

By Stacy Neibling Fisher, Director of Marketing

I knew the SNAP Challenge (formerly food stamp) wouldn’t be easy, but I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into.

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/18/13, 05:49 PM

Tamara Grubb - Day 4 of my SNAP Challenge

By Tamara Grubb, Director of Operations

I am on day four of the SNAP Challenge. I have to admit as I sit here a part me wishes I only took the Challenge for one day, or just a few days. I am hungry, tired and have taken my fair share of ibuprofen and Aleve hoping to eliminate the never ending caffeine headache I have. The other part of me is once again reminded that this is reality for so many people I see every day. Again, there is no way to truly understand what is it like for low-income food insecure families, however this Challenge helps to put in perspective what it is like for those families who struggle to put food on the table.

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/18/13, 01:23 PM

 

September 17, 2013

Director of Marketing Takes SNAP Challenge

by Stacy Neibling Fisher, Director of Marketing

As the director of marketing at Second Harvest Community Food Bank, I’ve watched as my friends and colleagues have taken part in the SNAP (formerly food stamp) Challenge. This year, I felt it was my duty to take part so I could get a better idea of what living on a food stamp budget might feel like. I know the Challenge won’t be easy, but that’s the point. It’s not supposed to be a vacation.

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Posted by Stacy Fisher, director of marketing - 09/17/13, 10:24 AM

 

September 16, 2013

Tamara Grubb - My SNAP Challenge

by Tamara Grubb, Director of Operations

This is my second opportunity to take part in the SNAP Challenge. There is no way to truly understand what is it like for low-income families, however this Challenge helps to put in perspective what it is like for those families who struggle to put food on the table.

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/16/13, 10:40 AM

 

September 12, 2013

My SNAP Challenge - Day 4

by Chad Higdon, Executive Director

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So before my daughter went to bed last tonight, she comes in to tell me congratulations. A little perplexed, I asked her what for and she tells me because I did it. It then dawned on me, it is Wednesday night and I have survived my five days of living on a $4.50 food allowance. So in the grand scheme of things, yes I accomplished my goal of purchasing an amount of food within that allotment and still had some change to spare and can now go back to choosing to take my food intake habits for granted if I wish.

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Posted by Chad Higdon, executive director - 09/12/13, 02:54 PM

ADVOCACY ALERT: Nutrition Bill

Next week we expect the House to bring up the “Nutrition Bill,” which will cut $40 billion from SNAP over the next 10 years. This is on top of the impending benefit reductions that will impact all SNAP participants beginning November 2013.

If passed, the bill would result in about 1.5 billion lost meals for hungry families every year for the next 10 years. While we are grateful the bill also includes additional resources for TEFAP, the increased funding will not come close to helping hungry families replace the meals lost due to the SNAP cuts. We can’t let that happen. 

This is our opportunity to send a strong message to Congress. On September 17, we are hosting a National Call in Day to urge the House to vote against this harmful bill. We hope you’ll join us by calling your Representative and mobilizing your local supporters. 

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Posted by Aaron Smullin, CSMA, interim director of development - 09/12/13, 10:30 AM

 

September 11, 2013

SNAP Challenge - A Board Member's Journey

As a new member of Second Harvest Community Food Bank's board of directors, I thought a good way to gain an understanding of what it's like to face food insecurity, was to participate in the SNAP Challenge.

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/11/13, 02:36 PM

 

September 10, 2013

My SNAP Challenge - Day 3

by Chad Higdon, Executive Director

Today marks day three of my SNAP (formerly food stamp) Challenge.  It has been very interesting to see how a dramatic change in my diet has impacted my outlook on the food I eat.  On Saturday, I took my eight-year old daughter to the store and began to explain earning an income, paying taxes and how some of the tax dollars go to support things like food stamps.  We had a very interesting conversation about donating to causes and where my salary comes from.  It was very interesting to watch her try and process that information, and then scour the store with me looking for bargains to help me find enough food to last five days on $22.50.

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/10/13, 03:14 PM

 

September 04, 2013

My SNAP Challenge

by Chad Higdon, Executive Director

My wife and I have a very imperfect and understanding relationship.  I am imperfect and she is understanding.  If that isn’t challenging enough, just add in the chaos of three very active children that are still hitting single digits on the age spectrum and our wonderful pound puppy we adopted this summer.

So trying to balance everything going on in our lives, similar to many families in our age range, it may or may not surprise you that chores or household activities are divided more than they are probably shared for us.  And when it comes to who inventories our household items, ventures to the store and purchases our needs and wants, and then prepares those meals for our family, I end up ranking very low on the part of that responsibility I manage.

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Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - 09/04/13, 03:13 PM

 
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