SNAP Challenge

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The SNAP challenge is a way to raise awareness for families who are currently living with a need for better food assistance. Families who currently on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP receive on average four dollars a day for food per person. The purpose of the challenge is to show what you can buy with four dollars a day. It does not add up to much food. Most people on food supplements are still starving or hungry.

The purpose of the challenge is to show what you can actually buy with four dollars a day. It does not add up to much food – Most people on these food supplement programs are still starving or hungry. This challenge may also be referred to as the Food Stamp Challenge.

How to take the challenge

First, you will need to decide how long you want to take the challenge. Participants normally do it for a few days, a week and some go for an entire month. If you decide to participate for a month you may be interested in taking the challenge in September which is Hunger Action Month

Next, you’ll calculate out your allotted budget. At $4 a day that is $28 a week and $114 a month. Once you decide how many days you will be participating you can calculate your budget (Days in participation x $4.40 = Budget).

Then, you would need to plan out your meals for the duration to make sure you don’t go over your budget. Some helpful websites exist to help you create meals for the duration of the challenge.

Why Do the Challenge
This is an extremely helpful way to get a real life experience of what it feels like to be on a fixed budget. Being hungry is distracting and miserable. Some families don’t have a choice and have to fight to put food on the table even with SNAP.

Tips
Share your experience:

  • Get your children involved
  • Post on Social Media
  • Stick to a simple menu

 

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