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: