Friday, August 30, 2013

Are you up for the Challenge?
Take the SNAP Challenge during September, Hunger Action Month

“The SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge gives participants a view of what life can be like for millions of low-income Americans. Most participants take the Challenge for one week, living on a little over $4 per day worth of food – the average food stamp benefit. Challenge participants are forced to make food shopping choices on a limited budget, and often realize how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy with too few resources. While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the struggles encountered by low income families week after week and month after month, it does provide those who take the Challenge with a new perspective and greater understanding.”
-          from the FRAC SNAP Challenge Toolkit

SNAP Challenge Rules:

·         $4.25 per person per day or $29.75 for the week (the 2012 average amount per recipient in North Dakota) to spend on all food and beverages during the Challenge.

·         All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week, including fast food and dining out, must be included in the total spending.

·         During the Challenge, only eat food that you purchase for the project. Do not eat food that you already own (this does not include spices and condiments).

·         Don’t forget to account for all beverages. This includes coffee.

·         Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work, including at receptions, briefings, or other events where food is served.

·         Keep track of receipts on food spending and reflect on your experiences throughout the week.

·         Bonus activity: Track your food on SuperTracker and compare your intake to recommendations.  http://www.choosemyplate.gov/supertracker-tools/supertracker.html
·         Bonus activity: Document your activity in writing or with photographs and share it here: https://www.facebook.com/NDESPA  or here:

Friday, August 16, 2013

September 19-20 in Bismarck, NDESPA and the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition bring you the opportunity come together, learn and mobilize for a better North Dakota with the
Grassroots for Prosperity: Finding Opportunities, Creating Solutions Summit.

Summit Goals include learning about successes failures and future challenges presented by the ND legislature from an advocates' perspective; learning about new models of organizing, activating, communicating and participating in public life in North Dakota; and learning about the results of a SNAP Challenge for ND leaders and citizens.
Register here: http://bit.ly/1ePDXk2
The tentative agenda:

Thursday, September 19
11:00 a.m.    Registration

11:45 a.m.    Welcome: Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley (invited)
Opening Prayer and Drum Group Honor Song (in honor of the 30th Anniversary of Great Plains Food Bank) Introduced by ND Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director Scott Davis

12:30 p.m.    Farmer’s Share Lunch including dessert: Birthday/Anniversary Cake

1:15 p.m.    Summit Goals and Agenda Overview
        NDESPA & CHFND – Commonalities and Challenges: Karen Ehrens

1:30 p.m.    Keynote: John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs

2:45 p.m.    The State of the ND Budget: April Fairfield, Bush Fellow

3:45 p.m.    (Not Your Typical) Legislative Review: A Panel of Advocacy Voices
        Moderated Panel & Discussion by John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs

5:15 p.m.    Networking Social - hors d'oeuvres, assorted beverages

6:15 p.m.    Popcorn & a Movie: A Place at the Table (90 minutes)
        Lively Discussion

Friday, September 20

7:30 a.m.    Breakfast Buffet

8:30 a.m.    Grassroots Organizing: An Interactive Session with John Crabtree
10:15 a.m.    The SNAP Challenge: A Panel of Emerging Experts

11:15 a.m.    The Strategy for 2013 & Beyond: A Call to Action from Coalitions

11:45 a.m.    Summary Remarks

12:00 noon   Adjourn

We hope to see you at the Kelly Inn, 1800 N 12th St Bismarck. Registration fee is only $40.00.
Scholarships are available for those unable to pay. Contact NDESPA@agree.org