Take the SNAP Challenge: Can You Eat for Five Days on $22?

August 31st, 2016

Paul’s Place – on behalf of our advocacy partner, Maryland Hunger Solutions – invites you to take the SNAP Challenge from September 12- 16, 2016. The SNAP Challenge highlights the struggles faced by too many individuals and families in Baltimore City and throughout the region who cannot afford the food they need to survive and thrive.

SNAP is an essential lifeline that helps millions of Americans keep food on the table, but the current benefit level – an average of about $22 for the week, or approximately $1.47 per person, per meal – is far too low.

By taking the SNAP Challenge, you will see the difficult choices that low-income families are forced to make while food shopping on a limited budget. You will also see how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy with few resources.

Take the Challenge! Register with Maryland Hunger Solutions today.

How to Take the Challenge:

1. Plan to spend the average food stamp benefit as your budget for 5 days. That amount is $22 for all food and beverages.
2. All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week, including fast food and dining out, must be included in the total spending.
3. 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).
4. Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work, including at receptions, briefings, or other events where food is served (with the exception of food eaten at public places where anyone could eat, i.e. a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, etc.).
5. Get social. Join Maryland Hunger Solutions on Facebook and Twitter to share your experiences throughout the week. Share your experiences with Paul’s Place on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as well.
6. Invite others to join you, including co-workers, reporters, chefs, or other elected officials. Spread the word with this SNAP Challenge brochure (pdf) from Maryland Hunger Solutions.

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 will offer you a new perspective and greater understanding of why SNAP benefits should be improved.

Take the Challenge! Register with Maryland Hunger Solutions today.

For questions regarding the SNAP Challenge, contact Rachel Tucker, Senior Program Associate, Maryland Hunger Solutions.