Join the SNAP Challenge for Hunger Action Month
What is the SNAP Challenge?
Can you eat on just $4.50 a day? The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. While the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) provides monthly benefits to supplement the food budgets of families in need, in many cases the benefits are inadequate and families still struggle to put food on the table.
By accepting the SNAP Challenge, you’ll commit to eating all of your meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant. The goal is to gain some understanding of the struggles vulnerable families in our communities face each day. While it is impossible to fully comprehend the difficult decisions low-income families face, taking the SNAP Challenge this September will help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in America and in our region.
I’ve Accepted the Challenge, Now What?
- Choose the duration of your SNAP Challenge. You may participate in the Challenge one day, one week or the entire month of September.
- Your food budget for the week or day of your Challenge will be based on the average SNAP benefit, which is $4.50 per person per day– for ALL your food and beverages. You can use coupons while taking the Challenge but should not shop at membership clubs.
- Using your Challenge budget, decide on groceries to purchase and how much to put aside for food incidentals. Be aware of ALL food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week/day.
- During the Challenge, do not eat food that you purchased prior to starting the challenge.
- Avoid accepting free food from friends, family or while at work.
- Keep track of receipts on food spending and take note of your experiences throughout the week, in particular the choices you made between the variety and quality of food you ate.
- Invite others to join you, including your co-workers, family members and elected officials.
Keep us Posted
Be part of the solution. Help spread the word about hunger in our community by encouraging others to join the Challenge, too! Share your journey by posting about it on Second Harvest’s Facebook or Twitter page.Also feel free to blog about your experiences. If you share your blog URL, Second Harvest will share your story through social media.
Is Anyone Else Taking Part?
Feel free to invite your friends, family and neighbors to take part in the Challenge. Second Harvest will invite the community to take part in the SNAP Challenge through local media outlets and social media posts. Second Harvest is also proud to announce that several local celebrities and Second Harvest staffers have agreed to take part in the Challenge this year.
Bridget Blevins – KQ2
Sarah Hatten – United Way
Barry Birr – KFEQ
Chad Higdon – Second Harvest
Second Harvest Board of Directors
Stacy Neibling Fisher – Second Harvest
Tamara Grubb – Second Harvest
Christine Feuerbacher – Second Harvest
Stacy Neibling Fisher